Shadow of Light  / 光影   

2013

 

Mino Washi (Japanese traditional paper), LED.  Size : W7.0m x H3,3m

Photographer : Takaaki Otsuka 

The paper used for Shoji conceals the scenery outside, but it does not cut off the outer atmosphere. Even though you are in the room, you still can  feel the clouds drifting through the sun light or feel the breeze running through a garden. Veiling these images within thin paper stretches our sense.

 

Hiroshi Sugimoto “Sense of Space” (2011) p.127

Translated by Hiroko Matsushita

 

 

 

 

 This installation was created during the artist residency program in Mino, Japan, where is famous for traditional paper making. I stayed there for three months (10th Sep - 9th Dec 2013) and researched how paper was made and used in their life.

 

 Paper making by hand involves long and complex processes. Every single element is important as well as the quality of the material and the water. Thus, my first impression working with this paper is very delicate and organic. Inspired by the beauty of paper making and also by fragments that caught my eyes, for example the surface of cold water, the reflection of light, the floating fiber and the seasonal change.

 My intention with this piece is that the audience can appreciate the beauty of a hand crafted work and also experience something intangible, such as a quiet atmosphere or a passage of time.

 Mino Washi has both softness and strength, for these reasons it allowed me to develop work by cutting intricate designs. The light weight paper creates subtle tones reminiscent to haze and has a sense of depth. The soft light floating through the cut shapes creates various shadows.

"障子に使われる紙は、外景を遮断はするが、気配を断ち切ることはない。雲が日の光をさえぎる気配、風が露地を吹き抜ける気配、

そうした気配は薄い紙で隠されることによって、より確かな存在感を得る。"

杉本博司  「空間感」 (2011) p.127より引用

 

 

 

 

一枚の手漉き和紙をつくるには、原料はもちろんのこと、水質や配分、紙の漉き方など、無数の要素が絡み合っていることを知り、私は非常に有機的で繊細な印象を持ちました。その手仕事自体の美しさに加え、紙漉きのふねの中で揺れ動く水面や、反射光、楮の漂う様子、美濃で感じた移ろいゆく季節などにも着想を得てこの作品を制作しています。また、形をもたいないもの—研ぎ澄まされた感覚や時間の重み、佇まいや気配のようなものの存在ーも、作品を通して鑑賞者に体験させることを意図しています。

緻密なカットを施したこの作品は、柔らかく強度のある手漉き和紙を用いることで実現しました。斑のある薄い和紙のもたらす靄の様な陰影は、空間に奥行きを生み出します。切り取られた部分から放たれる光は、透き通る紙に映されることにより、仄暗さの中に浮かび上がり漂う光の影となります。

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