Artist Statement Written by Hieroglyphics

Acrylic on canvas 116.7 x 91.7 cm (set of three)

Hieroglyph is a writing system created by the ancient Egyptians, however this was stopped being used after the 4th century. It had largely been forgotten until the decipherment of Rosetta Stone by French scholar and Philologist, Jean-François Champollion during the 19th century. Although Egyptian Hieroglyph is hieroglyph, there is a significant amount of phonogram which is shown in various readings. Therefore, it is possible to write Japanese by hieroglyph. With your patience and some guidance, Yamashita + Kobayashi's statement in hieroglyph can be deciphered with ease. This is a typical trick by the artists who have continually tried to create their work with a sense of humour.

– Yu Iseki (Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito)
from Notebooks, and from the Notebooks


2015 Kurumaya Museum of Art, Oyama, Tochigi (solo)