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Haru

I think that I want to connect softly to deep portion of the heart , and talk with “another you” that are in your heart.

I hope that we can touch the invisible various world.

Probably, this is the reason I draw a picture.

Biography

Born in Tokyo, Haru took a liking to drawing and reading from a young age. She would read books and scenes would visualize in her mind. On construction paper she would draw images that popped up in her head. Those moments are dear to her. She experienced how imagination and creation could be a great release.

She also found joy in going up to the roof of the apartment building she lived in. Alone, she would look out at the vast landscape below. Listening to the sound of the wind, she could feel it flow across her skin. The wind that blows without binding to anyone. That teacher taught her a great deal.

Depending on the day, the wind gusts in different ways. It lifts plastic bags that dance a moment toward the sky; it gently bends trees, rattles windows and whistles through their frames. She learned that there are things that exist beyond where the eye can see. She started reaching, wanting to encounter the unseeable world.

For four years she studied literature at Nihon University, College of the Arts. She mostly wrote fiction, which helped to nurture her faculty for imagination and expression. However, since she liked drawing just as well, in 2013 she started making artwork again. From posting work on the internet, Haru later participated in group shows in Tokyo and in New York (at Ouchi Gallery), shared her work with musicians, and little by little she came to find more avenues for her activities.

Primarily working with pen and ink, Haru gazes into the scenes that happen to rise before her eyes, and she traces their contours as if to capture them. The pen, as a medium that one can easily practice anywhere, contains a prayer.With the smallest of sparks, the world can change; one can touch the world.

A myriad of characters appear in her works: twin children, a princess who dwells at the bottom of a lake, a young traveler who loves the night, an elderly person who repairs the stars. They’re all drawn as alter-egos who, just as we do, live the day-to-day and experience emotions like happiness, sadness and loneliness. Born out of a yearning for human-to-human connection, the unseen, the quest of self, these characters represent such a theme.

With the perspective of an only child, Haru sees this displayed particularly strongly in the case of the twins. Although they may appear to be the same, their personalities and ways of acting are not at all. It poses a question of how others enunciate what one comes to know of oneself, how it’s not simply by looking that we know who we are. One might wonder if there isn’t something inside each and every person, just as there is within the characters that Haru draws, just as there is within the character of the world. Feeling that there must be shared aspects of life regardless of differences in figure, structure, color or time, Haru has chosen to draw achromatically. She takes it all on: the winds gusting, greeneries blooming, flowers swaying, stars twinkling, time passing, life respirating, feeling – even in the world of pictures. 

Haru might have spent her youth feeling despondent, but she came to learn of the joy in expanding images, the brilliance in touching what can’t be seen. Having had that experience, she creates for humans who are exhausted by the everyday, for those who have bottled their feelings and pushed them deep inside. Through her art she expresses the pleasures of imagination, the comforts of openness, the importance of relaxation, the spirit that can feel that one is not alone.

Along with the feeling that inside of you something’s visible, something’s blooming, she draws as a wish for her work to be the impetus that begins a new story of internal dialogue, of search, of sharing, of mutuality. 

“The invisible things will be with you , and they give the power to you.”
I hope you will meet your light and star in your life.

Exhibition and Works

  • 2013  “The 8th 100 Artists Exhibition” YES / Ouchi Gallery, N.Y
  • 2013  ”The 8th 100 Artists Exhibition” NO / Ouchi Gallery, N.Y
  • 2013 Creation of goods illustrations.(Musician “Masayo Kaseno”) / Japan
  • 2013 『Gathering』 T-Shirts Exhibition / Shibuya O-nest,Tokyo
  • 2013 『Gathering』 T-Shirts Exhibition / ART Lab,Osaka
  • 2013 Creation of wedding welcome board. / Japan
  • 2013 Creation of Christmas card. / loftwork
  • 2014 Creation of New Year’s card. / Japan
  • 2014  “The 9th 100 Artists Exhibition” What You Perceive in 2020. / Ouchi Gallery, N.Y
  • 2014 ”Art Cats And Dogs!” Post cards exhibition/ Ouchi Gallery, N.Y
  • 2015 Haru solo exhibition “in your hand, in your heart”/ Ouchi Gallery, N.Y
  • 2016 JCAT SHOWCASE 8 / Ouchi Gallery, N.Y

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