I’m Not Part of You

HD video / Single-channel video installation
00:17 (duration is adjustable in loop)
Animation: Maiko Jinushi, Miho Sugiura

A cherry blossom dances and flutters against a black background. This is an animation Jinushi created using the rotoscope technique, cutting out only a single blossom from among a flower-laden branch. These movements by the blossom that at first seem so free are revealed to be due to a branch being tossed about by the wind. She shows that the Somei Yoshino cherry blossom that is so characteristic of springtime in Japan and symbolic of the country itself is a hybrid produced in the Edo period, a clone reproduced through grafting.

(Excerpt from the text written by Keiko Okamura)