The Space Between

Berlinklusion at CLB Berlin / ベルリン・ドイツ

hoto: Hanna Jang

Five drawers

H188,2 × W129 × D129 cm

Photo: Asako Shiroki

Five drawers

Sound of rain echoing between the lines

Totally unremembered but unforgettable taste

Unbounded depth of touch

The smell of wind brings back memories and dances a particle

Air between visible and invisible

When the sea and the earth combined

鏡: W15.5 × D35 × H2 cm / チェーン: 5m / 石; approx. Φ7cm

Photo: Asako Shiroki When the sea and the earth combined

This was on a peninsula overlooking the Baltic Sea.
An old woman there told me a story about a certain local color.
“Blue is an important color for us.”
I learnt that of the myriad shades of blue, she meant indigo blue.
That indigo blue had been used by people to dye fabrics at home and
it was a familiar color in the local landscape.
She then went on to tell me about the indigo dyeing process.

“Indigo comes from the earth, combines with lime from shells
taken from the sea, and when the dyed cloth is exposed to the wind,
it oxidizes and the color is fixed on the cloth. The chemical reaction
fixes the indigo blue onto the cloth.
When the sea and the earth combine, they become equal.”

I was fascinated by the color of the sea in her eyes as she spoke.
Her words echoed in my mind as beautiful words containing a larger concept.
This description of indigo dyeing seems to symbolize the very environment of this
land, which is made up of sea and land.
The color indigo blue for me was overridden at that moment.
I began to recognize indigo blue as the color of the sea,
land and wind blending together in front of me.