Tohru Matsuzaki

Lacquer Works ( at Tokyo Ippodo Gallery)

October 03, 2013 - October 12, 2013

I utilize wood and natural lacquer in an effort to create works that differ from anything that existed before, expressing a power, beauty and contemporaneity characteristic of myself.
This is what I have concentrated on for the last forty years.
I approach the wood in my studio with the hope that once the finished work leaves my hand,
it will remain a part of people's lives for a long time, like the Negoro lacquerware that has been
produced in Japan for hundreds of years.

Ginza Ippodo Salon has had a piece of my furniture on permanent display since it first opened
and every time I visit there it makes me feel rather self-conscious to see the way in which
it has been combined with other items to create completely different atmospheres and produce
a profusion of different spaces.

I have made lots of works in my own style for this exhibition and
I hope that you will take these in your hands, touch them and enjoy
their tactility as well as their appearance.