One rule of writing is that a character only takes on its meaning after its last stroke has been drawn.
Any lines that violate this principle are only “lines” and are not recognized as having any meaning.
However, people also explore meaning while partially following this principle and still exploring combinations outside of its jurisdiction.
“The Line” series of works utilizes the forms of Chinese characters as “characters” while attempting to convey to the viewer a fluid sensory impression of the brush strokes beyond the characters themselves.
Increasing education at the time led to increased literacy, and vast development in calligraphy. Unique fonts developed in various settings, such as in plays, ‘misemono’ shows, ‘yose’ vaudeville theatres, and kabuki.
Higemoji was used in places such as firemen’s ‘hikeshibo’ poles and coats, pilgrims’ votive stickers, and street lanterns. It is created through certain methods for deforming characters, such as creating scratchy tails with a nearly dry brush, ‘whiskering’ vertical strokes into thorny shapes, or leaving 'moth-eaten' holes in the middle of a character.
The stickers that have been stuck on the surroundings of this piece were created based on this theme.
The graphics are a mixture of traditional elements, modern forms, and Western street culture.
All of the graphics have been printed on Japanese paper one color at a time using silkscreen printing.
The kanji-like forms that are dyed deeply into the body are drawn freehand based on the muscle's movements as involuntarily as possible.