MINIMALISM : しずか • 静か • 瀬 • せ
Textile Art project 2018
Through this project, minimalistic expression rooted in Zen Buddhism was the subject of exploration . The work is related to ink paintings which was the investigation starting point.
Introduced in Japan during the 13th century by Chinese Monk, Chan Buddhism originated from Mahāyāna Buddhism in the 6th century. The philosophy encounters the enthusiasm of samurai class in Japan. They were introduced not only to the religion but also to literacy, calligraphy, philosophy and ink painting.
Monochrome Ink painting which is the artform related to Zen Buddhism today covers many subjects: Zen patriarchs, teachers, plants (bamboo, flowers), animals (birds) and natural landscapes.
Natural landscape was chosen as subject for this project to illustrate Japan and DRCongo natural beauty and expressing the artist experience in the both societies.
Japanese society is depicted by the artwork “静か,しずか,Shizuka” which means calm, serein. It is Illustrated by the view of the pond facing the Byōdoin Temple of Kyoto.
In the other hand, “瀬、せ, Se” which means torrent,rapid represent DRCongo. It is illustrated by the view of Kiubo waterfall in the Katanga Province.
For the artist, Japanese society looks quiet, serein and reserved , in contrary, DRCongo is much comparable to a tumultuous current of water, as beautiful as dangerous almost uncontrollable.
For this project , Silk fabrics made into hanging scrolls were dyed by rice paste resist dyeing with Logwood extract mordanted with iron to obtain a dark blue color .
Minimal in color, the artworks set to describe the wonders of nature and the expression of the society. Taking inspirations from Chinese and Japanese ink paintings.
Techniques : Rice paste resist dyeing (Katazome), sewing.
Materials : Logwood chips , Silk Fabric,