Yuichi Hirako Japan, b. 1982
Yuichi Hirako has generally worked on creating paintings, sculptures, and installations on the topic of coexistence between plants, nature, and humans, and the question of the ambiguous relationship that emerges. The forest, which is the heart of nature’s circulation system and provides creature comforts to animals and plants, is regarded as a kind of sacred place in Japan. The hybrid character resembling the human shape is portrayed as leisurely spending its days living a harmonious life with other living thingsin the forest. Yuichi’s work reflects his connection to the perspective of Deep ecology, which views all nature as one unified whole concept, and explores the prospect of artwork to go beyond displaying aesthetic value of the piece itself to become a medium for expressing an artist’s unique sentiments.