ART FOR THOUGHT is pleased to present the solo exhibition “Swing, Shiny, Joy and Memories.” of a Japanese washi paper artist, Nodoka Yamaura. The exhibition continues from July 14 through August 26, 2023, as the first installment of “the foundry” series exhibition.
Surrounded by the abundant natural light in Tokushima, Yamaura has been working in a Japanese washi paper atelier. Though our daily lives are flooded with artificial light emitted from digital devices, LED signages, etc, she’s trying to show us how the soft light from washi paper can cast shadows that are full of life.
Please enjoy the refreshing light and shadows in this exhibition, the very first show since the gallery's renewal.
ARTIST'S INTRODUCTION / STATEMENT
When we see/perceive/sense light, what do we feel and think?
In early spring of 2020, just before the Covid-19 pandemic erupted, I had a chance to encounter with Awa Washi paper and moved my living base from Tokyo to Tokushima (western part of Japan, eastern side of the island Shikoku). Clear water and abundant mountain resources are essential for making washi. The Yoshino River flows through Tokushima Prefecture, and the washi made with water from the Kawata River, which branches off from the Yoshino River, evokes the warm light of blessings in the material itself, allowing us to envision how the trees are growing in the natural light and how the shimmering reflection of the water's surface look like.
During the past three years, I have been visiting the river and walking in the nearby mountains, pouring light on myself as well as on the washi paper. Naturally, I have come to choose motifs and scenes derived from nature for my artwork.
However, the light that moves me in my daily life, is the light that comes across in ordinary life but shines and sparkle in a special way, like a jewel that seems to be within reach but is not, and the light that generates a longing to gaze upon forever, like something extraordinary. I try to visualize this sense and feel of light in my work.
Also, my interest in the pairing of light and shadow where "light enables us to see shadows, and shadows enable us to see light” makes me experiment with the shades of color and the thickness and overlapping of the papers, which eventually brings forth new phenomena of light.