Fictional Scenery is a series of painting works composed of miniature models, in which I attempt to visualise the theme “not a world of reality but a fictional world”. First of all, I start by building a 1:12 scale model of a room; following this, a photograph is taken, and I create a painting based on the print of this image. All the models are beings of a fictional world that is not real. Our bodies cannot exist in this fictional world, since it is an imaginary world. A fictional world is a simulated world which the eye cannot see, and the hand cannot touch. To visualise this fictional world without involving my body, I observed it through the eye of a camera, and used an inkjet printer to paint this world without the use of my hand. By involving multiple types of media, from modelling to inkjet printing, I have fixed images of this fictional world on canvas, just as if this world was nothing but the reality itself.
What, then, is “not a fictional world but a real world”?
We perceive this world inside our brain through the fragments of reality sent by our nervous system and sense organs, such as our eyes, ears, and skin. The scene of the real world we perceive is at all times nothing but a virtual image projected by our brain on the screen named consciousness. It can never be said that this virtual image is absolutely equal to the reality existing in the world outside of our brain. Not only are we unable to see or touch the fictional world, but reality itself cannot be perceived with these senses. As long as human life is locked in the cage named body, even the real world we perceive seems to be rather fictional. We spend all of life inside this cage, and only when approaching death do we finally become a part of the real world as pure organic matter. I visualised Fictional Scenery as nothing else but the other side of the scenery we call “reality”.
The fictional world where we do not exist is the world where our physical bodies themselves do not exist. In other words, it can be called a simulation of the world after death (or before birth). This work is a reconstruction of what reality (life) is for us, and at the same time, a visualisation of the world where even our bodies as observers do not exist (death). The rooms constructed with models in this work have a function of a marginal place which ties together our “life” and unknowable “death”. The rooms also indicate the limitless ambiguity of the border between reality and fiction.
Can it be said with utmost certainty that the reality we see in front of our eyes does in fact exist? For that matter, can we be sure that we ourselves actually exist while looking upon the said reality? Somewhere in between two worlds – the inner world and the outer world – there I am just imagining. Imagining about this world which is not a fictional image, and about our definite existence.
English translation by Elena Tutatchikova
English proofreading by David Clark, Shaun O’Brien and Yuma Tomiyasu
Model for Fictional Scenery – 15
Making of Fictional Scenery – 10