Global Artist by Florsani – Raku Inoue
When most people think about art, they think about paintings on a wall, pieces of work in a gallery or museum, or sculptures in a garden, or brightly-colored origami. It’s easy to appreciate the craftsmanship of well-done paintings and sculptures, and they can be aesthetically pleasing. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries. The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.
The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood, and although, the spoken and written word can be powerful ways to bring light to issues of any magnitude, let’s not forget that a picture says more than a thousand words.
The Global Artist Project by Florsani was created in the year 2018 in which 7 incredible artists were selected to convey a message that seeks to have a powerful impact on global communication on the subjects related to sustainability, art, globalization, and everything related to flowers grown in the Andean region of Ecuador.
INTERVIEW WITH RAKU INOUE
Florsani: Where were you born and how did you establish yourself as an artist in Canada?
Raku: I was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Montreal, Canada when I was 9. Growing up, I was always creative and loved to make stuff.
I have worked in many projects in Montreal but most of my current clients are based outside the province of Quebec so I feel like my work are more visible elsewhere right now. One day, I am hoping to win Montreal’s heart over:)
Florsani: Why did you choose flowers to create art?
Raku: Nature has always been a great source of inspiration for me. Driving a few hours outside Montreal and you are basically in the countryside. It’s the best way for me to fill up the creative tank 🙂 lately, I have been deeply inspired by nature, it’s beauty and everything that it has to offer in form of raw materials.
Florsani: How do think flowers impact our current society?
Raku: Flowers are like nature’s paintings. I think it reminds us all that colors and feelings are intertwined. Many flowers are symbolic to human by the fact that we associate them to our emotions.
Florsani: Did you know anything about Ecuador and it flowers before doing this project? What are your thoughts about our flowers? The quality, colors, etc.
Raku: I did not know much about Ecuador before our collaborative project. I feel like I still have much to learn and to discover: about the culture, the people, nature. Many flowers at Florsani, I have never seen or worked with before so I was very much excited about the project. The variety of colours and textures were delighting:)
Florsani: Do you think this project can impulse that people know more about Ecuador?
Raku: If our collaborative project could bring awareness to Ecuador, I would be more than happy for sure.
I would love to visit myself one day to experience life over there!
Art has always been appreciated by people that are seeking creative stimuli. Nature is the same and so are the flowers. They will forever have a special place in our heart.
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