Martyn, having little twins it is difficult to find time, there is answer for you!
Yes, I totally agree with you! Technique - a very important part about
any field, whether it is art or science ....! Each artist was looking for a
"philosopher's stone" based on the achievements of previous generations!
I would answer the words of Pablo Picasso "Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth".
but I use the words of the great Japanese dramatist Tikamatsu Monzaemon (近松門左衛門):
Art lies at the border
between truth and falsehood.
It is a lie,
and do not lie at the same time,
It is the truth and at the same time
it - is not it.
Sweet of art between the two.
With regard to electric instruments, you have seen the pseudo-netsuke carved in China power tools
from start to finish. A self-respecting artist uses electric tool only for rough handling,
it saves time and effort for the sake of having more time to create a serious work of art, to save money to You, collectors.
Hard for me to comment on your perception of art. Each sees in art something of their own, sees based on their emotions, their world view.
Only an artist can breathe a part of his soul into his work. The tool has no soul. It is difficult to say what could be considered
a modern version of netsuke, and what is not - more of a philosophical question! : Problem in my opinion - is the observance of traditions,
the Literacy! Those. carver must know exactly what he / she does. After all, not everything depends on the knowledge of where to place it
and what size himotoshi be netsuke how much work and time invested, or detailing how its absence! Sometimes observed everything,
but netsuke does not look traditionally Japanese in the execution of a European or American carver. A netsuke, by definition, should look like
the Japanese, regardless of its origin, it is a tradition! Without innate Japanese philosophy and the concept of beauty in the traditional
Japanese sense, non-Japanese carvers must understand concepts such as Wabi-sabi, mono no aware, Yugen, Shibuya, or netsuke will not be netsuke,
but simply beautiful carvings. Simply say, there is something to strive for!
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