Visited a moving exhibit of work by the Japanese artist Hidehisa Tachibana.
His miniscule sculptures of female figurines feel very intimate. There is an aura of sadness and solitude, some fragility about them, yet they also exude a feeling of strength, some kind of resilience. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why they bring to mind the work of Giacometti, Moore, and Modigliani.
But Hidehisa, who also mentions Andrew Wyeth as a source of inspiration, seems to be guided by his own soul. His work is focused and consistent. .
Trained as a filmmaker, he started his career producing commercials, and one can say "stumbled upon" sculpture, almost by chance -- he found it easier to create story boards using clay rather than making sketches. .
But he appears talented as a photographer and painter as well. I was touched by these sketches, which he allowed me to photograph:
I love the the work he posts on Vimeo -- something between installations/ theater/ diary/ animation. The following is entitled "Dialogue":