Coloring Tradition… was first made in Akiyoshidai International Art Village, Mine city, Yamaguchi prefecture, Japan in summer 2017. It was a research-based project to explore local crafts in Yamaguchi prefecture. Suzuki visited 12 local craftsmen and documented their making process. The video piece is entitled Making HandsTheir crafts were paper lantern, earthenware bells, marble stone, pottery, ink stone, wood furniture, flag and banner dyeing, stone figures, weaving, gold fish lantern, beeswax candles, and lacquer paint objects. The most of craft makers were in critical condition to continue their business due to the lack of demands and successors, because of the globalization and aging population in Japan. There is an associating coloring image consisting of these completed products in composition of typical European “still life” with implication of “Vanitas”, or fragility. The coloring image was made to encourage people to familiarize these crafts with themselves and to freely imagine the color combinations and designs.
Making Hands, Video, 11 minutes 49 seconds, 2017
Still life Still Alive, coloring image, color pencils, 2017