Six questions for
Hidetaka Suzuki

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Hidetaka Suzuki

Artist Hidetaka Suzuki
Lives in Tokyo, Japan

How do you describe your own art practice?

Through my paintings, I attempt to prolong the life of images being consumed. In the mass flow of images, some are worth stopping and thinking about what they are. I want to be able to remember there was a human activity, even if those images eventually all disappear.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

The reality we can find in the fiction, the fiction within the reality. Something that lies between fiction and reality but belongs to neither.
In my opinion, art is the product of human beings trying to hide, make sense of, or forcibly accept their inherent absurdity.
I would like to affirm the absurdity of not being on either side.

What was your first experience with art?

A painting by Claude Monet, which I saw in my high school days.
At that time, I loved taking pictures of the sky with my cell phone camera, while feeling that there was something the pictures could not capture.
I remember thinking that Monet’s paintings depicted that something.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

The small discomfort of everyday life.

What do you need in order to create your work?

Integrity, passion, resentment.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Shannon Cartier Lucy. I sympathize with her attitude of objectively looking at the insanity that lurks in everyone.

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