Fumiaki Aono collects torn cloth, furniture, newspaper pages and broken sign boards and restores the damaged parts using compatible materials. He creates a sculptural collage with these disparate pieces.
The artist intends to “restore” the lost materiality of the objects in the process of reshaping them into new objects and combining the pieces with other substances. His work aims to heal or fix. Fumiaki currently works and lives in Sendai, Japan.
From his artist statement:
Since the 90s, I’ve been creating works exploring the theme of “reform,” striving to make whole again fragments of broken things I’ve salvaged from various places. After the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, I recovered items left behind by those who died in the disaster. Through my efforts to make them whole once more, I am looking for a way to give these objects a form of “rebirth.”