Meet the Artist // Jun Homma
Jun Homma is a Japanese sculptor who works with site-specific installations, photographs and film. His artistic practice seeks to embody the relationship between our daily life and the invisible landscapes that surround us.
In his current work, he is focusing his research on the historical heritage, where past happenings have become invisible to us. Time flows and people’s relationships with the environment can’t be seen while looking at the landscape in front of us.
The contradiction of a landscape that once was blocked by a wall separating the city now has people enjoying picnics within a green surrounding. There seems to be no trace of what in the past has happened in these landscapes. The landscape has become anonymous during time.
Homma observed similar invisibility during the redevelopment of the Tokyo Olympics and the landscape of Fukushima after the disaster. History is known for making the previous visible landscape invisible again after a certain happening. He knew he wanted to create a landscape with an invisible void, as he thinks the void is an encounter for activating our imagination and finding a new viewpoint in the landscape.
Homma is interfering with the current landscapes by shooting photographs and making elements of the site anonymous for us. With the usage of different techniques and materials he makes us reflect on the fleeting look of our environment. A Japanese word reflects on his work namely, 無常/Mu-jyo – the sense of the impermanence about nature, described in Buddhism.
It means “as past events and daily life spread in front of us, there are changes with the passage of time, and everything eventually disappears”.