A diary is a real reflection of one’s personality
Today is the last day of 2020.
If I wrote a diary, I could look back on the past year in a certain way and remember how I felt, but I’m too lazy to get into the habit of writing a diary.
When I was sorting through my father’s belongings after he died, I found many of his diaries.
My sister and I tried to read his writing for a while, but we both looked up and laughed: “It’s just like our Dad – stuffy and not funny at all!”
A year and a half after my father’s passing, my mother died.
When I was sorting through my mother’s belongings, I found many of her diaries.
I had no idea that my mother had kept a diary. But I found it unexpectedly funny and entertaining.
The diaries, written in simple, unadorned sentences, are full of life and are really just like my mum’s. She would look in people’s shopping baskets at the supermarket and try to imagine what they were having for dinner or try to find contradictions in the dramas she saw on TV.
Sometimes I laughed out loud, sometimes remind me of my mischievous mother and finally I hugged her many diaries to my chest and cried.
When I was a child, my mother and father were a huge part of my life. When I was a teenager, they became like a towering wall in front of me. After reading their diaries I realized that they, like me, were very ordinary, weak and lovable people, sometimes laughing at silly things, sometimes crushed by worry and lost in their own ways.
Today I would like to introduce you to the silkscreen work of Keita Sagaki.
It is based on Roy Lichtenstein’s “Reverie”, a work that is very familiar to everyone.
If you take a closer look at it, you will see that the original dots have been redrawn with numerous small and charming skulls, while the thick outlines and background, which are Lichtenstein’s main characteristic, are filled with cartoon motifs.
From a distance, you might think “This is a copy of Lichtenstein!“ But the closer you look, the less Lichtenstein there is, and the more you get into the fun of Keita Sagaki’s works on paper.
So today we’ll have some soba noodles at Micheko (it’s customary in Japan to eat soba on New Year’s Eve) and wait for the New Year to arrive!