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インタビューアー ライター 杉原悠太
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Shojono Tomo is an artist who has the soul of an eternal child. ( her name suggests "Friend of the Child".
Her art work is inspired by her imagination and view of the world.
This induces the creation of strong characters and use of colour that lend themselves very much to the mediums of media, particularly TV and fashion. Her work is always carefully planned and crafted to achieve the desired end result while retaining the integrity of her artistic vision.
The adult with the soul of a child is a key theme running through her art works. 'Child Play'(SKINSHIP BURNY)is her subject of her life from 2004. SKINSHIP BURNY is a human El Nino phenomenon, that causes regulation abnormality in the body temperature when love cannot be confirmed, and burns out because of its own heat, we introduce Shojonotomo whe gives us some story about the CHILD PLAY and her opinion about using FASHION for art.
1. When and how did you start your theme 'Child Play'?
'Child Play' is the word made by me who continue to have
---"infantile characteristics in the adult body" and "its factor" and "the relationship with the society surrounding those" ---
I started this theme since 2004, although I had have this kind of theme about relationship with human personality and society, long before.
In 1999 I got a big trigger from the famous accident of juvenile delinquency in America. You know, it called Columbine High School massacre.
Student who had been bullied planed the massacre in their school. and did it. (I don't tell about detail now)
At that time, the wake of that incident, indies musician in japan release their new CD. And I got offer of drawing for their CD cover.
It was a deep time on me to think of juvenile delinquency and psychology.
And I came into this theme more deeply.
"SKINSHIP BURNY" is one of the story in Chilid Play , this word combines the word "skinship" and "burn". (skinship means checking the love touching the skin).
It tells about the trauma which the shortage of love from parents brings to a child. And it brings various influences to the their characters and also give a bad effects to the others.
I use the word "El Nino" as a metaphor of it, but In fact, i also think "El Nino" of the present earth is also coursed by a bunch of the individualistic personalities.
And this is also point. In any case Loneliness would changes to an attack. It started from my personal trauma, but now considering about the emotion -faced by individual and society- is the driving force of creation.
2. These days you had many opportunities to use fashion as the media of your artwork, right ? Tell us some story.
Yes, it's true. Since 2009 to 2011, "CHILD PLAY" was expressed based on the kimono of 753 (a Japanese child's festival event) in the international museum of Sweden. It was planned to express Japanese traditional culture and modern fashion. And I also try it as my conceptual art not only that.
And this year, Ms. NICKI MINAJ who is a U.S. wrapper took in my artwork for her stage fashion.
Like this fortunately my fashion items are expanding overseas.
3. Then how do you think of the relationship of fashion and art, and why do you choose fashion as a media of your art?
Bringing "unusual of arts" to "necessaries of fashion", people are aware of it as closer, and would open their mind and door to my art.
This is one of reasons that i use fashion as a media of my art .
And see this story.
I think that people especially "Japanese" is a race which fears that their existence is floated in society.
Therefore, after we grows up and learn society, we can not make individual adventure as like children who had been before.
And we start to seek some special items which make them feel like jumping and adventure instead of their real body.
Sometimes it is the idol who wear super unique fashion.
In other words, my art on fashion also take a roll as that kind of item.
"The child" which I draw let people be able to jump without any hesitation for keeping moral and common sense.
"The child" bisect spectator's reaction heresy and fascination. Then "The child" may sometimes get praise sometimes get loneliness.
Because the spectator is always selfish.
I keep making the my works as uniforms of these "The child",
I am sending yells to "The child" and confirm the love with others.
If you see the "child play", please give a tight hug by burn preparedness.
Q. Please tell us about ‘CHILD PLAY’. Why did you choose the
I was inspired by a shocking shooting spree happened in 1999 in the
U.S. The tragic murder case is called the ‘Massacre of Columbine High
School’. A high school boy who was bullied by his peers opened ﬁre on
his classmates and killed many students during the shooting spree. It
was a very shocking issue at the time. A Japanese indie musician was
inspired by this incident and released a CD entitled ‘School Shooting’
and I was asked to make the CD cover. Since then, I became interested
in juvenile crime and young criminals’ psychology. In 2004, I came up
with the theme ‘CHILD PLAY’.
Q. What does ‘CHILD PLAY’ exactly mean?
I meant the phrase ‘CHILD PLAY’ and this project started in 2004.
‘CHILDPLAY’ refers to an adult who has characteristics of a child. The
term also involves the relation between the person and society. The ﬁrst model for this new project was myself. In order to explain the concept of ‘CHILD PLAY’, I made up a story called ‘SKINSHIP BURNY’. It is a compound word, which is a combination of ‘Skinship’ and ‘Burn’. The story goes like this.
“The year is 2xxx! Human beings on Earth managed to survive the
El Niño, but now they face with a new problem. A great number of children are suffering from loneliness and their body temperatures drop dramatically. They can even lose their lives due to hypothermia.
In order to survive, they try to warm up their bodies. However, their body temperatures go up abnormally this time. If someone doesn’t love
them sincerely, their fever will burn them out. This is because they are
suffering from the human El Niño called ‘LOVE SICK.’
The children’s secret code is ‘I love you until I get burnt.’ You may get burnt by their hot body heat, but they are waiting for you to take them
into your arms.”
Q. What does this story mean?
The basic story line is that a lack of affection in childhood can negatively
affect children as well as the people around them. In some cases, loneliness can be turned into anger. Therefore, lonely children can attack others. However, we need to embrace them to cure their loneliness.
I’m using the word ‘El Niño’ to explain this phenomenon. I actually think
that human being’s selﬁshness might be the cause of the El Niño. At ﬁrst,
‘CHILDPLAY’ was started by my personal trauma. However, now it is the
main motive for me to think about the relation between personal feelings
Q. Why do you express the theme ‘CHILD PLAY’ on clothes rather
I always think about the relation between our emotions and our society.
As we grow up, we learn how to survive in our society and most of us
want to settle down. In particular, the Japanese are very social and
they are afraid of becoming outsiders. This is why they often indulge in
particular things to escape the stiﬂing reality.
Sometimes they are crazy about superstars or idols. Many people feel
vicarious satisfaction by admiring superstars who have an unusual
fashion sense. Many superstars wear unconventional clothes that
ordinary people, who are afraid of breaking social regulations, avoid to
I think that maybe these superstars have the spirit of children. Like
children, they are not bound by social regulations and conventional
boundaries. In other words, people admire the superstars’ ‘CHILD PLAY’
– not their fashion styles. Acording to this concept, I think it is suitable for
expaining ‘CHILD PLAY’ by fashion.
Q. You are making very unique clothes and normal people won’t
be able to enjoy your clothes. Are you making these clothes for
No, I’m not making clothes for superstars. Of course, I know that my
clothes are unconventional and unique. So my clothes are loved by
people who refuse to blindly follow conventional social regulations. Like I
said earlier, these people still have characteristics of children inside. I call
them ‘CHILD’ and we can often ﬁnd to grown-up ‘CHILD’ these days in our modern society, other than superstars.
I make clothes and draw pictures to support all of the grown-up ‘CHILD’.
Sometimes people admire their child-like spirit, but CHILD often gets
rejected by society and treated like heretics. So the grown-up ‘CHILD’
are loved by many people, but they can feel lonely all of a sudden. My
artwork is made to comfort and encourage them. Also my name Shojono
Tomo means that I’m children’s friend.
Q. Since you use fashion for your artwork, people may think that
you are a fashion designer.
Yes, sometimes people think that I’m a fashion designer. In fact, many
magazines introduced me as a fashion designer. However, I’m an
artist and I’m just using clothes to create my artwork. There is a huge
difference between using art in fashion and using fashion in art.
Clothes are our daily necessaries, but art is not. People tend to feel
comfortable with familiar things. This is why I’m grafting art onto fashion.
I believe that I can easily deliver my messages to the general public
through fashion. To me, fashion is just a tool to express my feelings and
deliver my messages effectively.
Q. Please tell us more about your artwork.
From 2009 to May 2011, I displayed my artwork at an international
museum in Sweden. I expressed the theme ‘CHILD PLAY’ using a
Kimono that a child wears during ‘753’(children’s festival in Japan). I tried
to combine traditional Japanese culture and modern fashion together.
I participated in this project as a conceptual artist. Also, this summer,
American rapper ‘NICKI MINAJ’ used my fashion artwork as an item for
her music. Currently, a growing number of people in other countries are
becoming interested in my artwork and this is a great chance for me to
introduce my work to the world.
Q. Lastly, please tell us about your future plans.
I will keep making uniforms for lonely ‘CHILD’. So they can jump higher.
I will also keep supporting and encouraging myself and other ‘CHILD’
through my artwork. I hope we, grown-up ‘CHILD’, will get more attention
and respect from other people. If you happen to see a ‘CHILD’, please
give them a warm hug.
I will hold two exhibitions in October and November in 2011 in Los
Angeles, and in 2012, I’m planning to release
Please keep supporting me.