I had a dialogue with the artist Rei Naito for a digital radio program by NHK. We have had several conversations before. Some of them has been published in Japanese. This was to be our first dialogue to be put "on air".
I have the highest admirations for Rei Naito's works. My first encounter with Naito's work was when I visited the "Being given" installation in Kinza. There, after some minutes of bewilderments, I knew that I was experiencing something quite extraordinary and new in life.
During the radio time, Rei Naito said that during the process of making something, the "intensity" of the spirit is the key element. Unless she can maintain that intensity, while being relaxed so that she can be flexible with the hand movements, she cannot infuse life into the small items that she produces with strings, metal wires, glasses, and papers.
Rei Naito confided that her creations are concerned with the question: "Can we regard the existence as life in the earthly word as a blessing?"
The power of small things. All life form, whether powerful or weak, are small compared to the world we inhibit. The size of the universe is 13.7 billion light years.
The president of a world's superpower is very small compared to it. The question of life translates into infusing strength into small things.
Rei Natio's magical art makes us realize that, as instantiations of life, we are ever blessed by the power of small things.
Rei Naito's work. From Monty DiPietro's review of the artist.