Photo by Brody Davis
Born 1982 Late spring in Tokyo, Japan
My mission is to be the voice for everything with a quiet existence and to tell their stories.
My first entry into the world of imagination was as a young girl hanging around my father. He played trumpet in the local orchestra in Chiba, Japan where I grew up. Listening to music together, very often He asked my sister, brother and I to close our eyes and describe what we saw in our head. We went wild with our imagination.
I tend to be moved by objects that are often overlooked. These bring up feelings of nostalgia and remind me of past experiences in danger of being forgotten. I create to make a record of these moments that I cherish. In art, the balance between realism and fantasy is what fascinates me. When I stand in front of nature, there is nothing to reformat; it is perfect. But it inspires me to drop a character of mine into that wild. I’m not here to reconstruct but to blend in.
I specialize in stop-motion animation and illustration. The world I have created through this medium is called Little Oze. Stop-motion is a perfect fit for my philosophy as I get to bring life to inanimate silent objects. The nostalgia and intimacy of small things play a large role in my stories and is a feeling that I think people from every country on earth share.