I woke up this morning with a new perspective on the role of art in modern society. ChatGPT had rightly pointed out that the value of a work of art cannot be measured solely by its price, and that there are cultural and social aspects that play a significant role in its evaluation. Additionally, market trends heavily influence the prices of artwork, which has led to the devaluation of many print works that were once considered valuable during the bubble period.
Despite these challenges, I believe that the artists who create fine art in Japan are true adventurers, and their pursuit of art is a form of art itself. In Japan, galleries that do not focus on selling artwork quickly tend to close down, but I hope that more people can appreciate the value of art beyond its commercial success.
Breaking down the current societal values that prioritize hard work and monetary gain is crucial for Japan to cultivate a more culturally rich and comfortable society. For me, creating prints is a way to bring art into the daily lives of people, rather than solely for the purpose of being displayed in museums.