Art project,Jingdezhen jiaozi  / 艺术项目,景徳鎮餃子


To me, art is to express a social, philosophical, or political question. We are living in a period of diversity and pluralism. I am interested in the whole entity of human beings and what is happening around the world.  Art does not help people as medical science does, nor does it offer spiritual support as religions do. But art may make people think, realize and act.


The way of recording and storing information has changed dramatically in the last 30 years and digitalized methods have become mainstream. Analog methods such as using ink and paper become old-fashioned and we may use them only on a very special occasion. 

In the field of photography and film, recording material and technology have changed from time to time. And some of the old format systems, such as home videotapes from the 80S, cannot be operated easily today. The progress of imaging technologies seems to neglect its past system which includes our precious memories.


Jiaozi can be one of the most common food in China. It is found even in the three-kingdom period (220 to 280 AD) and there are several variations in shapes, ingredients as well as cooking styles. 

Every family has their own specialties when they make jiaozi. It is “family taste” that is “input” in his or her memory and can remind them of past events such as talking with a grandmother or eating jiaozi at home…… Jiaozi is a kind of memory device that recalls your past and evokes emotions when you look at it.  If I could present thousands of ceramics jiaozi, what would it remind people of? And if the jiaozi comes from Jingdezhen China, which is the most well-known ceramics town, what would it remind people in the world? Most probably, it would start with one’s memory, ceramics history, or JDZ local culture.  The jiaozi project can be interpreted in various ways.  It has questions but not answers. It may be shared with people who find it. Certainly, it does not demand “agreement”. However, the project may invite people to consider some of the issues which are related to ceramics tradition, Asian culture, and the value of making today.


An art process is very bizarre in a way. If there is something that I want to talk or explain, it would be easier to verbalize or write. Obviously, no need for colors, shapes nor objects at all…  But I am aware of my nature that using a language of visual sensations enables me to express “something” which is intervening between the reality I observe and the imagination I have in my mind.  What I am looking for is not often an art form that appears from skills or techniques but an existing “raw shape or image” which can translate my undercurrent as well as unconsciousness.

Kazushi Nakada