Like it or not, it looks like we have to continue to deal with the reality of daily life, busily catching up with others, and cannot afford the time to develop prospects for the future. I, myself, am at the mercy of various events in my daily life, trying to soothe the feelings which enter my mind, let them pass, and somehow try to maintain a kind of consistency among them.
My works might be painted by another “self” residing deep in my mind, who is looking vaguely at “reality” from the other side through an imaginary sheet of glass. Even though these works might not be able to heal and quell people’s minds, I hope my art can awake the feelings within viewers, who might be similar to me, even if it is only a single person.
Recently, images such as the “people of the other side,” who don’t have any power, enter this world in full strength, and somehow change it ... conjure up in my mind.
The Reality of Modern Society Seen from a Bird’s Eye Point of View
NISHIZAWA Chiharu depicts the lives of numerous people who live in the megalopolis of Japan in the 21st Century. There are various kind of models in his art, which include salaried workers, their families, children, and the aspects of society itself. Even though the artist himself is standing in the very heart of his theme, he prefers to work objectively from a lofty, distant angle when he renders his works.
There are countless people packed in this megalopolis. They spend their daily lives indifferently, fraught with the chaos of their dreams and hopes and reality, seemingly unaware of its contradictions. Nishizawa is a unique and rare artist who expresses calmly, but vividly, the joy, sorrow and fate that subsist in current Japanese society.