When I first started making my small collage and assemblage artworks I simply titled them,
"Untitled Collage" and then numbered them, but as those artworks started to change in color,
size and materials, that method didn't work anymore.
Since I use a lot of printed materials, when titling an artwork I try to find something written in
them to help decide the name for my artworks. I especially like using numbers or something
that is a bit devoid of direct meaning so as not to distract the viewer from the artwork and have
them concentrate on the artwork itself and not its title. Sometimes, but not often, I'll use a rather
dramatic title but that is usually referring to an emotion or association when looking at the
I use printed materials written in both Japanese and English and people often ask me if I can
read what is written in my artworks. It's not a question of can or can't but rather that I don't. I
see the text the same way I see the text on a STOP sign. I don't consciously read it but my
brain processes it. As an artist I'm only interested in the text from a graphic or artistic point of
view and how it relates to the composition. It's possible that some of the text I use has stories
about politics, sports, sex, crime or religion but I am in no way making a comment or statement
about those things in my previous and current artworks. It's about surface value and
composition. It's about how the materials I use come together and form an artwork. It's about
the relationship of the materials I use and how they come together to create the composition.
When scanning this piece I was hoping to find some numbers that I could use as a title but to
my dismay there weren't any. Ironically however my eyes came across some large text in
Japanese that says "mezurashii sakuhin" which means "rare artwork" in English. Humorously
the perfect title for this artwork.
42 x 41 x 8cm
Newspaper, cardboard, paper & tape