Artist in 東京都, 日本
Artist in 東京都, 日本
Wazen always appreciates Japanese characters. She believes that each character helps her creation - a harmony of calligraphy and pictures.
Wazen was brought up in Nagano, Japan - a quiet area surrounded by nature. She has always enjoyed drawing pictures and reading books since a young age. You may notice that her art has a playful undertone. It is because she has great admiration towards influential manga artists: Tezuka Osamu, Toriyama Akira, among other great manga artists.
Ever since she has taken calligraphy lessons at the age of eight, she's been deeply absorbed in it. She kept pursuing her love of calligraphy in university. She is fascinated by "Kokotsubun" and "Kinbun" which are ancient characters. They are ideograms, which were originally derived from pictograms - they are pictures in her eyes; gives her uncanny feelings. After graduating from university, she took a job at a publishing company to fulfill one of her dreams, creating books. She is currently an editorial designer and illustrator.
However, she has recently realized that art is her true calling and decided to lead her life as an artist. What prompted her decision was a calligraphy exhibition she joined, after a 10-year absence. During the intense preparation, she reconnected to her passion of calligraphy.
She also realized that calligraphy is not a favorite subject for many Japanese. Many of them are not interested unless you are a calligrapher; that frustrates her a great deal. It's a shame that they don't know how to enjoy calligraphy - it is "Mottainai"!. She wanted to make more people to enjoy one of Japan's most beautiful and richest cultures. She started thinking about what she could offer them that would interest them, - so she started experimenting with a new approach. She first drew a girl with a delicate and fragile appearance and then gave her "羽"(=wings) in an ancient character, which looks exactly like what they represented.
Now Wazen successfully created a harmony of the delicacy and fine appearance of the girl with the grandeur of calligraphy - New magnificent beauty was born.
She felt that this new style could break the paradigms towards calligraphy; draw more attention from people. Also, it could be enjoyable for foreigners who don't have any knowledge of Japanese calligraphy. "This is my style; this is my art!" her inspiration stroke.
Her journey continues and the best is yet to come.