"Even if all you do is fail
if you keep that weakness sharpen,
it will become your own unique strength one day.
Even if you don't have a place now
you will find a place where you feel you are not alone.
A leaf tells a small but big story."
(Excerpted from lito@leafart official website)
I'd like to introduce an amazing Leaf-cutting artist, Lito,
whose exhibition I came across in Nara.
I looked at his works marvelled at how he could do such a fascinating job
as well as his inexhaustible imagination and creativity.
Later, I learned about his meticulous drawing and intricate cut-out technique
on this video.
Each and every leaf-art of his is a wordless book with its own story.
The details of the stories of gentle-hearted animals living in peace
become vividly visible when the leaves are held against the blue sky.
"Once upon a time, there lived a man.
He was clumsy and always made mistakes in everything he did.
He was always scolded by the people around him.
One day, the man ran away from his daily routine of being scolded,
then he came across a leaf.
On the small leaf, he found a world of lush grass and trees,
and animals were living there happily and peacefully.
The man was fascianted by the world on the leaf.
This wonderful world was the place he had been looking for.
A gentle and somewhat humorous world that spread out on a single leaf.
I would be very happy if you could enjoy the stories of the various creatures that live there with me."
""Born in Tokyo in 1986, Grew up in Kanagawa Prefecture.
In 2020, he began creating artwork using leaves as cutouts.
Diagnosed with ADHD, he channels his energy into his craft.
The resulting work is imbued with a warm, gentle touch.
Almost every day, he posts his work on social networking sites, creating a buzz.""