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Yuuki Morita Ethereal Sculptures and Digital Artworks

Exclusive Interview with Yuuki Morita, Finalist in Digital and Sculpture, 2019 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize

Yuuki Morita is a young concept designer from Japan who has recently started to dip his toes in the fine art world of sculpture. This brave soul entered the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize 2019 in both sculptor and digital category and had work selected as a finalist in both fields.

Yuuki Morita is a promising young sculptor whose muse is the ancient natural world and creates elegant emotive sculptures with the latest technology. He creates his work using a computer software called ZBrush and prints them out with a 3D printer. He then elegantly paints and adds other materials to them to fit his concept design. I had a chance to see one of Yuuki Morita’s sculptures in person and was astonished at the amount of detail and close representation to his digital concept counterpart. Using this new form of medium, Yuuki Morita is opening up the world of possibilities for digital artists. 

We hope you enjoy our exclusive dual language interview, written in English and Japanese!

最近芸術界に足をいれたばかりの、森田悠揮さんは日本出身の若いコンセプトデザイナーです。 この心いっぱい持つ勇者がBeautiful Bizarre アートプライスの造形部門とデジタル部門に両方応募し、その結果、両方の部門でファイナリストになりました。古代の大自然がミューズであり、現代のテクノロジーのツールで感慨深く優雅な立体の作品を作っています。ZBrushというソフトウェアから3Dデザインを作って3Dプリントからベースで制作しています。そこから、Zbrushでデザインを合わして絵の具と色んな素材を付け加えます。森田さんの作品を見るの機会があり、その際デジタルのコンセプトと合わして細かくて密接の表現が出来ていることに驚きました。森田悠揮は新たな技術を使い、デジタル技法の可能製をアート界に開いていっています。

Other than the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, Yuuki Morita has won third place in the CG Student Awards a few years ago.

To enter the 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize in any of the four Award categories: INPRNT Traditional Art Award, Yasha Young Projects Sculpture Award, ZBrush Digital Art Award or iCanvas Photography Award, and for your chance to receive global exposure for your work + share in over US$35,000 in cash and prizes, click here.

Yuuki Morita ethereal sculpture

The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize was your first art competition, what motivated you to enter?
初めてコンペを出すのはBeautiful Bizarre アートプライズでしたね、なぜ応募してみようと思ったんですか?


ちょうどアート作品を作り始めたのが2019年で、初めたてでアートをやっている友人も少なく、どこで作品発表や展示をしたらいいのか全くわからなかった時、Instagramで見つけたのがBeautiful Bizarre Art Prize2019でした。自分の作品がどのぐらいアートの場で通用するかを知りたかった。私は今までデザインの仕事で評価されてきたが、自分が本当にやりたいのはアートだと気付いてからは積極的にこのようなコンペに出していきたいと思っていた。

I only have just started engaging with fine art in 2019, so in the beginning,  I really didn’t have many friends doing fine art and I didn’t know where or how I could exhibit my works. During this time is when I found the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize 2019 on Instagram and I applied because I wanted to know where my art stood. I have had recognition in my digital design work, but not my fine art work. So, when I found what I really wanted to do, I decided enthusiastically to apply to an art competition. 

Yuuki Morita Ethereal Digital Art

Congratulations for becoming a Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize finalist! What do you feel you have gained from this experience?
Beautiful Bizarre アートプライズのファナリストに選ばれおめでとうございます!この経験を通して何か得たものはありますか?


とても光栄に思いました。作品を作り始めて間もないときにこのような賞を頂けたことで、自分の目指すべき方向性に迷いがなくなった。これからもたくさん作品を生み出していこうという強い意志が生まれた。

I felt extremely honored. I have only just started to make sculptures, and to receive a prize in the middle of all this made me have no doubt in the direction that I am going. This gave me strength in creating new works moving forward. 

Yuuki Morita Ethereal Digital Art

Would you recommend others to enter the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize? If so, why?他のアーティストにこのコンペをおすすめしますか?もし進めるようでしたら、何故ですか?

もちろんお勧めします。このようなワールドワイドな大規模なアートコンペはまだ少なく、作品発表の場がSNSベースになった時代だからこそ、Beautiful Bizarre Art Prizeのような公式なコンペで賞を取ることに意味があると思います。

Of course, I would recommend this competition to others. There are not many world wide competitions like this, so one that represents and presents artwork with social media as it’s main platform, like the Beautiful Bizarre Prize, I think is very meaningful and important.  

Yuuki Morita Etereal Sculpture

I use 3D printing as my medium, which opens me up to ridicule by the artists who hold traditional mediums as their weapon of choice. However, it is my belief that 3D printing fits in the age that we live in – whether it is wood, stone, clay and so on, the tools and techniques are based on those created by our predecessors.

Your education was in a vocational school and not an art school, what motivated you to choose a career in art? What did you study in university and how does it influence your work?
大学のほうのは、美大ではなく、専門大学でしたね。何故芸術的のキャリアーを選んだのですか? 何を勉強しましたか、それが自分の作品に影響されましたか?

大学は心理学を専攻しており、中でも動物がどう世界を認知しているのかについて考える生態心理学に力を注いでいました。先ほども言った通り私は小さいころにアートや自然物に触れて育ったのですが、自分の作品というものを全く作ったことがなかったのです。高校もアート選考ではなく一般的な勉強しかしておらず、その延長で一般的な大学へ進学しました。ですがやはり自分の心の奥底には、表現したいという感情がずっと残っていて、そのフラストレーションが爆発してデザイナーとして活動を始めるようになりました。はじめは映画や広告などのVFXや3Dグラフィックを作成していましたが、そのような商業的な仕事よりも自分の表現を形にすることのほうが圧倒的に向いているということに気づき、現在のようにアートを制作するようになりました。

Although I grew up close to nature and art, I never tried to create anything myself. In high school, I didn’t take an art elective, I just took the normal study route. After graduating, I entered a typical general college for Psychology, and within this I became interested in knowing more about the world of animals and concentrated on Ecological Psychology. However, in the bottom of my heart, the desire to express my feelings still remained. This frustration built up until I couldn’t take in anymore and decided to become a designer. I first started out with visual effects and 3D graphics for movies and advertisements. Yet, I noticed myself gravitating towards work where I could express myself, alongside the commercial work I was receiving, and I now work on some fine art pieces as well. 

Yuuki Morita Etereal digital art

How long have you been working as a concept artist, and what made you decide to try to interpret your works in sculpture? What are the challenges you face using 3D printing?
コンセプトアーティストとしてはどれくらい働いていますか?立体作品を作ろうと思ったきっかけは何ですか? 3Dプリントを使って作品を作るにあたってぶつかる壁などありますか?

デザイナーの仕事はかれこれ7年ほどやっています。立体は絵に比べて鑑賞者の見る視点に多様性があります。360度のどこから見るかは自由で、それはつまり偶発性が含まれるということです。僕の作品のテーマとなるものの一つが”多様性”です。個人的に、立体という形態が一番自由だと感じるので、好んでいます。3D Printingを使っていることで、トラディショナルな手法を武器にしているアーティストからはきっと馬鹿にされているかもしれません。でもそんな時代は今だけだと確信しています。木彫、石彫、粘土造形など、どんな手法であれ、先人たちの生み出した技術やツールの上に成り立っているものであり、他の手法で作品を制作している人々を揶揄することはできないと思っています。技法に重きを置くか、アートの歴史的文脈に重きを置くか、最終的な作品のビジュアルに重きを置くか、アーティストごとにどの部分が重要だと思うかの比率がちがうだけで、優劣はないです。もっと多様なアートのプロセスが広く認められる世界になればいいと願っています。


I have been doing my job as a designer for 7 years now and I believe there is more for the viewer to interpret in a 3D sculpture than in a 2D image. There is a freedom in being able to view a sculpture from 360 degrees, meaning that it involves contingency. One of the themes in my work is ‘diversity’ and so for me, I prefer the sculpture form as it provides that freedom. 

I use 3D printing as my medium, which opens me up to ridicule by the artists who hold traditional mediums as their weapon of choice. However, it is my belief that 3D printing fits in the age that we live in – whether it is wood, stone, clay and so on, the tools and techniques are based on those created by our predecessors. These techniques and tools were new at some point in time. Therefore, I don’t think we can mock those who use different types of techniques. Is the value in the work within skill?  Or the emphasis on historical context? Or is the value placed on the over visual beauty? There really is no difference in the level of value we place on each artist.  I hope that in the future, more variety in the artist’s process will be accepted worldwide. 

Yuuki Morita Ethereal digital art

I want to be able to make work that is loved by people after I am gone. For this purpose, there are still so many things that I have to accomplish.

I read in an interview that your mother and grandmother played a big influence in your art career. Your mother is a web designer and grandmother an oil painter. How did they shape the way you do art now?
過去のインタビューの中で自信のアートキャリアーは、母と祖母の影響が大きいと言われていましたね。お母様はウェブデザイナーでおばあさまは油彩画家ですよね。今の技法にどのように影響を与えましたか?

小さいころは祖母と油絵を描いたり母とPCで絵をかいたりと、芸術に親しめる環境で育ちました。私のアート制作のルーツはやはりそういった家庭環境にあることは間違いありません。そして、表現したいテーマやコンセプトの土台も、幸運なことにかなり小さいころから見つけられていたように感じます。それは間違いなく、小さいころにたくさん化石や昆虫、宝石などの自然物に触れ合える機会を与えてくれた母のおかげです。

There is no doubt that my art making roots came from the family environment I grew up in. When I was little, my grandmother would paint oil paintings while my mother would draw pictures on the computer – I grew up with an intimate relationship with art. Thanks to my mother, I was able to have opportunities to be exposed to many parts of the natural world when I was a child, including fossils, insects, and gems. I was fortunate enough to uncover what I wanted to express and the foundations of the themes of my work at an early age. 

Yuuki Morita Ethereal digital art

Now that you have started making sculptures, what are your goals for the future?
造形作品を作りはじめましたが、これからの目標はなんですか?

自分が死んだあとも人々に愛される作品を作ることです。そのためには成し遂げなければいけないことが沢山あります。自分一人の力では到底作れないような巨大な作品も作りたいですし、それを世界中の人々に見てもらってどう映るかを理解しないと行けないと感じています。自分の作風と合うブランドとのコラボレーションなどもしてみたいです。

I want to be able to make work that is loved by people after I am gone. For this purpose, there are still so many things that I have to accomplish. For example, I would love to make a gigantic sculpture that would be impossible to make on my own, and show it worldwide and gather reactions and feelings about the piece. I also hope to have my style of work picked up by a brand or do a collaboration of sorts. 

My favorite mythical creatures are the Kirin and the Hakutaku. These two creatures are usually seen as symbols of world reformation, but also these types of creatures are representations of people who live in poverty and struggle.

Yuuki Morita Ethereal Digital Art

Some of your conceptual works are of mythical creatures. Are you inspired more by western mythical creatures or Eastern? What is your favorite mythical creature and tell me why you like them? コンセプトデザインにはよく幻獣を表現していますね。一番気に入れってる幻獣は何ですか?どういうところが好きですか?西洋と東洋、どっちのほうが刺激を受けられましたか?

やはり東洋の幻獣のほうが好きです。西洋は神話やストーリーをベースにしたキャラクターであるのに対し、東洋の幻獣は より現実の生き物に近い、その実態が突然そこにいる恐怖や高貴な感情をベースに神話として広まりました。何故かわからないけどそこには不思議な生物がいて、そこから人々がお話を作っていく。そういう偶像崇拝的な考えが日本人として根底にあるように感じます。一番好きな幻獣は麒麟、そしてハクタクが好きです,つとも世直しを象徴とする幻獣ですが、このような幻獣は、生活の困窮や貧しさからくる人々の希望の祈りが偶像として現れたものであり、その祈りは今の世の中ととてもリンクしているように感じます

As one may expect, I prefer eastern mythical creatures. In western mythologies, the creatures are characters based on mythologies, whereas eastern mythical creatures are closely based on reality, and these stories spread through the fear and nobility of these creatures.   For instance, the people of the past would find an unknown creature and would make stories about them. I feel that this kind of idol worship ideology is the root of Japanese people. My favorite mythical creatures are the Kirin and the Hakutaku. These two creatures are usually seen as symbols of world reformation, but also these types of creatures are representations of people who live in poverty and struggle. These godly creatures are brought about, through prayer and hope from these people, and I feel that these prayers are very much linked to the modern world.

Yuuki Morita Ethereal Digital Art

Have you ever thought of making work using another medium besides 3d printing?
3Dプリント以外の素材を使用して作品を作ることを考えたことはありますか?

3dプリントをベースに、さまざまな素材を組み合わせて作品を作っていくのが今の私の制作スタイルですが、基本的には3dプリント以外の方法で原型を作る理由がないので、粘土で原型を作ることはあまり考えたことがありません。 私は3dコンピュータグラフィックから物作りを始めたのでそれが当然の流れです。コンピュータグラフィックは自然界の数理モデルと非常に相性がいい一方でもはや粘土のような柔軟性も備えています。日本ではまだあまりデジタルアートが主流になってはいませんが、デジタルのツールもアナログのツールも、ツール以上でも以下でもないので、表現したい形やモチーフに相性の良い方(僕の場合はデジタル)を選んだのみです。

My style is having 3D printing as a base for my work and adding different kinds of materials to create my ideas. I started my career in 3D computer graphics, so using a 3D printer is just a natural shift for me – there is no reason for me to make my sculptures in anything else.  I think that computer graphics work very well with mathematical models and still have the same flexibility as other mediums, such as clay. Unfortunately, the digital arts are still not considered mainstream in Japan. However, it doesn’t matter if you work with traditional tools, or digital tools, or anything else – you just need to use the tool that suits you, and my tool that suits me is digital. 

Yuuki Morita Ethereal Digital Art

What are some of your past or current artist influences?
現在か過去の中で影響を受けている作家は誰ですか?

今まで見た作品の中で最も衝撃を受けたのが、佐藤玄々の”まごころ像”です。無限のパターンが積み重なってできた圧倒的ビジュアルは、他のどんなコンセプチュアルな現代アートよりも荘厳で1度見たら忘れられないインパクトがあります。佐藤玄々さん以外では、時期によりかなり異なります。Allen Williamsに影響を受けていた時期もありますし、葛飾北斎だった時期もあります。

In all the art that I have seen, the piece that had the most impact on me was Sato Gengen’s ‘Magokorozou’ (Statue of the Heavenly Nymph). This piece holds more magnificence, with its infinite pattern and an overwhelming visual appeal, than any conceptual or modern art. This work has the impact of once you see it in person, you are unable to forget about it. Outside of Sato Gengen, my influences were dependent on the phases in my life. There was a time when I was really influenced by Allen Williams, and another when I was influenced by Katsushika Hokusai. 

In the art world, whether using traditional tools or digital tools, the freedom of making visual art will continue to grow by whatever means, and so people will want to use 3D printing. At this time in your life, having a deep understanding of your roots and your background, as well as accepting surrounding critique, is crucial to create an artistic base.

How did you feel about showing your work in New York for the first time for the show ‘Ritual’ at Haven Gallery this past December?
昨年の12月にニューヨークでHaven Galleryの’Ritual’グループ展に作品を初出展した後どんなお気持ちでしたか?

 初めてのNY展示はとてもエキサイティングなものでした。なにより、アートを始めてまもない時期にNYの生きたアートに触れられたことが自分の中ではとても大きな経験となりました。
Having my work exhibited in New York for the first time was very exciting. Above all, being exposed to art in a place like New York, at a time when I had just started doing fine art myself, was a monumental experience for me. 

Yuuki Morita Ethereal Sculpture

Any message you would like to tell any young aspiring artist thinking about creating sculptures through 3D printing?
芸術を志している若者に対して何かメッセージはありますか?特に3Dプリントを目指   しているの方へ、なにかアドバイスはありますか?

アートの世界でトラディショナル技法やデジタル技法さまざまなツールを使って自由なビジュアルを作る流れは今後もっともっと拡大していきますし、そうしたい人も増えていくでしょう。そうなった時、自分のバックグラウンドやルーツを深く理解することが何よりもアーティストとしては重要になりますし、まわりの評価の基準になります。制作に時間を費やすことと同じぐらい、自分が世界をどう捉えているかを深く理解することが大事だと感じています。

In the art world, whether using traditional tools or digital tools, the freedom of making visual art will continue to grow by whatever means, and so people will want to use 3D printing. At this time in your life, having a deep understanding of your roots and your background, as well as accepting surrounding critique, is crucial to create an artistic base. I strongly believe this is just as important as spending time making artwork – you must capture and have a deep understanding of your own world. 

Yuuki Morita Ethereal Digital Art
Yuuki Morita Ethereal Digital Art
Yuuki Morita Ethereal Digital Art

Yuuki Morita plans to have some of his works in the Louvre Art Museum in Paris in December 2020.

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About Author

Hope Doe is an American artist residing in Mie, Japan. She creates moody sumi ink and watercolor paintings that are a unique blend of the mysterious unknown and humanity in nature. You can often find her hiding deep in a forest contemplating the beauty of it all. She has a passion for art and artist alike.

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