These works have been created from her homesickness for all Japanese things, after living out of Japan for so long. In this collection, she has included all the emotions she got from sitting in her Japanese room- the cold touch of the straw floor (Tatami), the beautiful flowers planted in the garden in front of this room, and much more. The Japanese scrolls are a very important part of Japanese culture- this is why on these scrolls, she put things that were important to her.
6 Tatami's rooms
Japanese Hanging scroll
Hanging scrolls are a very important part of Japanese culture- I have chosen this medium as a vehicle to convey an echo of the traditional Japanese decoration with a language more familiar to Western audiences. To this end, I have used a print on shiny canvas, creating an effect akin to oil painting and an illusion of volume.
Colour is another factor in this contrast. Instead of the classical motives rendered in subdued traditional Japanese colours, these scrolls display a design of gummy candy in blatantly vivid colours. The whole work however, is not alien to either Japanese or Western traditions.
「思い出のもの、Memory of the things」シリーズ一部である。いろいろな土地を訪れた際に出会ったものたち。子供たちの成長の思い出とともにキャンバスに閉じ込められた。
Print on circular canvas mounted on wood, depicting a concentric array of flowers.
As they separate from the centre, colours flow in different spectra along the expanding flowers. Although this work is not a mandala, there are some parallelisms in the structure and internal dynamics of both.
It also mirrors the structure of the universe, without our being able to decide whether it is expanding or contracting. The variations of colour replicate the cosmic flow of energy in its various forms. The colours of these flowers depart from their natural ones, also referring to the changing forms of life and its immutable nature.
A form of horror vacui leads me to fill every inch of available space on this piece. But horror vacui is also the expression of the strength of Life, striving to occupy any empty space. Obviously, the circular structure of the work establishes the idea of a returning cycle as its foundational idea.