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SHO is an art of the line. What is the line? It is a mark that a brush and paper have touched. However, what can you see there? Not only do you see beauty of form drawn on paper, but also motion before a brush touches paper, the speed and pressure of a brush touching paper, and movement and distance after a brush has been apart from paper. All of this makes up one line. We can relive the time that the artist spent and can feel even the artist's emotion by chasing the line. The line is like a time travel machine. We can touch the artist's breathing directly from his or her works exceeding the age. Even if we don't see the artist produce the work, we can still experience its production.
Return your eyes on the entire work again. Black lines and white space are seen there. This blank is the most important thing in a Japanese sense of beauty. This blank is intentional. Japanese feel the sound of the lines and project their own feelings here. Now the work is completed at last.
However, I am trying to be free from the restriction of "meanings of characters" by giving priority more in another beauty of SHO, lines, and to convey my feelings straightly by SHO. I believe that this expression of the line, the throb of life, is a primitive means that everyone can sympathize without the language barrier.
Sachiyo Kaneko

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A work from the exhibition “Rhythm of SHO and glass(2005)”
This work expresses 2 aspects of a SHO work.
Left side : Glass shapes invisible lines between strokes consisting a letter.They are orbits of an artist's brush.
Right side : This is an image of power going through the paper when an artist draws line.
The power means the artist's emotion.

Two glass plates are front and back sides of paper.
You can read a letter “光(hikari)” on these glasses.
光 means “light”.
This is a collaboration with a glass artist. I did not only design, but also did the glass work at glass studio TooS.

The Kobe Shimbun Fri 20th May 2005
"Rhythm of SHO and glass" writer Masako Hiramatsu
A promising SHO artist Sachiyo Kaneko, living in Kobe, will exhibit "Rhythm of SHO and glass" with a glass artist at Tor Gallery from 21st to 26th.
The movement of brush and breath.
Beauty of an irretrievable moment.
This is an attempt to pull out a new charm by sympathizing each other.
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"Both SHO and glass are very heavy work in the creation process though they look very calm after completed.We can't remake the exact same work if we once fail. Artists are under this kind of pressure every time and we hope spectators feel energy grown out of this pressure." said Ms. Kaneko.