Risa Fukui is a Kirie (Japanese paper cutout) artist who has been established her own expression style with the traditional Japanese technique and innovative approach. Her Kirie works with bold structure and precise description truly attract people in Japan, and also are gaining world attentions.
As one of the number of her new attempts without sticking to traditional concept of Kirie, her works had been expressed in a movie. It’s “Tarachine” produced by STUDIO4C, made in collaboration with a Tonkori player OKI‘s music.
This is a film work in about 11 min, showing Japanese good old landscape on back. As seen in the title “Tarachine”, a Japanese word seen in Waka (Japanese traditional form of poetry) meaning “mother”, the concept of the movie is “ties between mother and child”. Risa Fukui created over 170 works, and covered from framing to directing.
The story is centered around a mother with curious power and a blind child. Instead of having vision, the child will lose her mother.
One of the most impressive scenes is the suicide by disembowelment (seppuku) which was the first theme Risa was given. Woman’s seppuku, the act that Risa says as “impossible in the real life” emphasizes the woman’s belly, a part to inherit one’s life. The description of the relationship between mother and child, which is not just soft and gentle, gives us further “bonding” impression.
However, the story here is not only one. The whole movie admit of an interpretation, and viewers can recall their own experience, hometown, and memories from each one of beautiful frame, even without following the story.
Every creature and its aspect including of human, animals and plants are moving without losing the strength seen in Kirie as flat works. Tonkori player OKI’s music also combines really well with those visuals.
All people’s roots, “mother” is mixed with roots in Japan or hometown, roots in native cultures, and roots in the expression of Kirie. How to inherit any lives, things to be born and things to be lost. This work, its existence, and Risa as an artist show us all those things.
Risa Fukui tells that the movie is no more than collaboration work. In order to send her message in more appropriate way, she said she added the collection book. You can enjoy all the still images, movie and behind the scene of the production in DVD “Tarachine“.
Original Kirie Collection – Behind the Scene of “Tarachine”
Author: Risa Fukui
Price: 6,090 JPY (tax inc)
Spec: 182 x 250 x 13 mm, 136 pages, DVD
Language: Japanese / English
Released by: Born Diital, Inc.
Text: Yurie Hatano