Residency: Metamorphosis 01
4 February – 17 March 2012
Words, in the form of Japanese or Chinese kanji, make up the components of each of the works created by Satoko Nagashima. The words are carefully selected, sometimes relating thematically to the subject matter and sometimes simply the colour of the traditional Japanese paint pigments Nagashima employs, which have their own historical resonance and evocative poetry.
She screen prints these words onto canvases using small screens which can be manipulated to create the depths and intensities of light, shadow and colour she requires.
The final work, landscape, cityscape or portrait unravels as the viewer approaches, becoming a cacophony of overlapping symbols on close scrutiny, only revealing the true intention from the point of a distant gaze.
Selection of pigments used:
azukiiro – aduki bean colour
binroujizome – betel palm dye
daidai iro – bitter (sour) orange
ebi iro – grape colour
hatoba iro – dove’s wing colour
koiai – dark blue indigo
koke iro – moss colour
susutake iro – sooty bamboo colour
tetsuguro – iron black