The custom-made work progressed to about 70% of completion, but I ran out of main colors of mineral pigments, so I decided to order it from Japan. A large-sized work consumes a large amount of the same color paint, but it’s not possible to obtain mineral pigments in Germany. Perhaps today, Japanese paintings are the only paintings that use mineral pigments as the main ingredient. Even in Japan, the number of Japanese painting supply stores is decreasing as the demand for Japanese paintings declines. Personally, I think that the greatest attraction of Japanese paintings is the beauty of the color development of mineral pigments, the sparkle caused by the reflection of light, and the unique texture of minerals. I’d like to spread that kind of charm in Germany through my Japanese paintings.
At this moment, the custom-made work is in the matière making stage. At this stage I pile up the paint to create the three-dimensional look. This work takes time and is the most physically demanding process, but if I create a matière firmly, the rest of the process will be easier. I’m planning to make a video of the production process for this work as well, but the size of the painting is large, it’s difficult to shoot a video. I’ll try trial and error.
The canvas for the custom-made work was ready, so I applied the Dosa on it today. Dosa is like a coating agent that is applied to a base material such as Japanese paper or cloth so that Japanese painting materials can be firmly fixed to the base material. The ingredients are alum, animal glue and water. Alum cross-links the protein, which is the main component of animal glue, to form a film on the base material. It’s been a long time to do this process since I almost used wooden board as base material recently.
The work that took about two and a half months has finally been completed! It was fun to make, but at the same time it was really hard. First of all, the picture composition was difficult because I wanted to express how the flow of music spirals upwards from the beginning to the climax. I also paid attention to the color composition so that the painting wouldn’t be heavy even though I used a lot of motifs and colors. This work was born from the idea of how to memorize the energy, realism, and excitement that can be felt from live performances that cannot be felt with recordings or videos. I flatter myself that this work is so beautiful. I’d be happy if the impression of music that I felt at that time was conveyed to those who saw this one.
As I wrote before, I am trying to express the music itself through painting. It’s natural for me to combine European classical music with my Japanese painting (which is becoming a Japanese craft art these days, though). This is because I myself have been studying classical piano since I was a child, and the music that is most familiar to me is classical music. In that sense, this work connects my passion for music and my passion for Japanese culture without Incompatibility. Actually it’s hard work because I’m drawing on both sides of the board again, but I enjoy to make it 🙂
The cubed work was completed. Its theme is “spring”, and the color composition was inspired from cherry blossoms blooming on the riverside. I’m sure this beautiful scenery has been going on for tens of thousands of years, and I hope that the season of enjoying for beauty will continue for a long time, so I titled “infinity”. I’m probably planning to make a summer / autumn / winter version with different designs and colors:)
Today I did an installation of the paintings at the cafe. Every time I install them, I feel that deciding the arrangement of the pictures and adjusting the intervals are difficult tasks. But also I’m happy if I manage to fit it in the space. And today I unpacked the biggest work, resonance, for the first time in a while, but I also found a small mineral pigment peeling off. Very shocking. I’m going to make an emergency repair tomorrow, but I still have to research how to handle new materials and compatibility between painting materials once again in preparation for the future.
Finally Temari was completed, I uploaded them at the gallery in this site. I likened temari’s sphere to the earth, and a migratory fish is swimming on the surface of it. For me, this fish is a symbol of the freedom because there’re many inconveniences nowadays…lol. I gave auspicious words as a subtitle to each work in the hope that fortune will come to those who take it in one’s hand. The starting date of the exhibition was decided on 17th February, I’ll exhibit them at that time. If you’ll come to see actually, I’d be happy 😊
Today I received a package from my mom. I begged her to send me coasters she made using fragments of kimono, because I wanna exhibit my latest work “temari” made by Japanese painting materials with her coasters. Although temari doesn’t complete yet, the combination of them is so cute 🥰 I’ll do my best till it’s completed:)
Previously as I wrote on this post, now I’m making sphere’s works. Since I’ve been living in Germany, rather I’m strongly aware of how unique, elaborate and beautiful Japanese culture and traditional art are. Therefore, I wanted to make the sphere’s works with a stronger Japanese element, so I decided to draw a Temari pattern. The real thing of Temari is embroidery, but i challenge to make it with Japanese painting materials. I expect to exhibit it at following exhibition, I have to do my best:)