I create my work using the techniques of papercutting and wood block printing.
While papercutting, I create by allowing my feelings to be released freely without creating a main theme.
In wood block printing, I set the main theme by following the vibrations I experience through my interactions with people around me.
However, though my papercutting and wood block printing create different atmospheres, they both essentially depict my adolescence spent in Shinshu.
Since moving to Tokyo to attend university, I felt suffocated looking at people pushed for time and living their busy lives indifferently. I came to realize how precious ordinary life in the countryside is.
The smell of the wind which varies by season, the change of color over the mountains around us, plants flourishing one by one, the buzz of insects and figures of the animals...
I would like to continue creating my art, by way of conveying only the essence of the scenery and my experiences indirectly, instead of depicting them realistically, so that those who view my work feel relaxed and comfortable as if they are living a tranquil life in my native countryside.
ITO Misono renders mostly the world of papercutting in her works on small black paper utilizing her delicate expressions. She started papercutting using her original technique since when she was about 15 years old. The variety in her work includes motifs such as plants, animals and human beings. On the other hand, her work combining papercutting with wood block printing entitled “Nurturing Life” depicts the memories in her childhood and her subtle feeling as a woman. Her elaborate cuttings on the wood blocks conjure up not only the familiar sceneries, but also the light, sound and the images that she closely felt in her hometown where she was born and raised.
As commonly seen in her works, some special event representing a milestone in the natural surroundings or seasonal changes in her life is incorporated in their backgrounds. Cherishing her impulse for creation, she aims to create her works in black and white, albeit you can still feel various colors.