An artist’s work is an extension of himself, how he identifies as an individual, how he wants to present himself to the world.

Rafael Hayashi uses this concept in the production and realisation of the characters and objects in his work. He aims to depict people as strong, free of weaknesses and away from sorrow. Individuals striving towards a greater ideal whilst unconcerned with arbitrary setbacks. Those who can function balancing a firm and fluid state of consciousness that reflects well on their lives and actions. These figures are not weak nor do they cry as these are feelings and actions Hayashi does not want to be associated with.

Producing his art has always been an outlet for Hayashi to realise his conscious thoughts on paper but he found the process revealed emotions that were dormant within his carefully contained psyche. Making art then became a journey of self-discovery.

Hayashi admits that despite his thematic choices, an unexplained force within him influences his art in unexpected ways. Paintings of affectionate moments, a loving hug or a warm embrace will paradoxically imply a subtle sadness.His subjects then became reflections of certain characteristics that he believes people choose to hide. These big, strong figures that at first suggest power and strength are merely walls. Hayashi has carefully produced images that show how we distil the melancholy of existence and conceal deeper concerns under false shields.

Wrestling between his artistic vision and unintentional emotional influences, Hayashi likens art to an exposed nerve, a tendon about to burst, an allusion to the existence of an energy writhing beneath ready to expose itself. By trying to further himself from depicting certain characteristics in his work, he ironically became closer to addressing those same characteristics within himself.

In Hayashi’s case, his work expresses how he wants to present himself versus what he struggles to hide, which insists on presenting itself discreetly in his work. Hayashi demonstrates how the world is a hostile space and how art can respond in kind.This is what Hayashi wants to share with his audience. He asserts that what defines him as an artist can also be his wall, and that wall may need to be transposed which is a journey in itself.   


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