Motoko Sato ⁄ 佐藤素子
I was born as the eldest daughter of botanical artist, Hiroki Sato in Nakano-ku, Tokyo. In my childhood, I had a very hard time to be with my father. He was so strict. I’d always wished to be a wildflower. I think I wanted to be away from him at that time.
When I was in 4th grade in the elementary school, I was interested in fabric-dyeing kasuri, or swallow splashed pattern, which is a Japanese traditional craft. Then I went to girls’ junior high school attached to the University of Art. I had learned under the sculptor for 10 years. One day, I came across Alberto Giacometti’s artwork. I was awakened to the fine arts. I went to Musashino Art University. After graduation, I had worked as an art teacher at public high school in Tokyo for 38 years. During my teaching days, I had learned the value of life, not only for students but also for myself. While working at school, I had cared for my parents for 14 years, until the end. The both experiences of teaching at school and caring for my parents taught me the importance of living for the moment and thinking others deeply. Now, I started to take pictures. I’m seeking for the way of making impressive artworks. People had encouraged me like a shining ray of hope. So I want to be like them for people who are distressing about living.