Bronze, a material with memories of thousand of years;
With my hands I awaken
The being that hides within.
Seeking a contemporary role
I imbue it with
A spirit both solemn and noble,
Diffused with the presence of nature
Employs bronze working techniques that were developed in ancient Mesopotamia, to create conceptual vessels for the 21st century. Hatakeyama refers to bronze as being 'a material with memories of a thousand years'. Paying no mind to the oppressive heat of Japan's summer this year, he worked with molten copper and lead to create over 15 pieces. The patterns that appear in the surface of his works are the result of various chemical reactions; some having the appearance of blazing flames while others possess a mysterious coloring that enchant the viewer into wondering if perhaps the surface has weathered through hundreds of years of rich history.