Hiroko Masuko 'bonsai-hop' at Sake No Hana-酒の花
Dates : 1 August - 30 September 2014
Venue : Sake No Hana-酒の花
23 St.James's London SW1A 1HA
What emerges from the linking of artistic expression by human hands with the beautiful harmony of nature?
ICN will collaborate with Sake No Hana - 酒の花 from June 2014 till March 2015.
Hiroko MASUKO (b. 1982 ; Miyagi, Japan)
Currently living in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture. With unique interpretations such as Bonsai appearing like Chimaera or using empty Bonsai pots to embody the flora and fauna 'after the Bonsai has left' , Masuko elaborates new ideas which expands the image of Bonsai. Her works have already attracted enormous attention in the Japanese art scene.
Bonsai is a unique Japanese culture that depicts natural scenery in a microcosmic way by planting trees in a pot. By using bowls and wires, trees' growth is artificially restricted, by which the direction of branches' growth and the growth speed are manipulated as the producer intends and, thus, the shape along the sense of beauty that each individual wants to express is aimed. Symbolic motif such as "Bonsai". In its production process, I find artistic expression by human hands and beautiful harmony of nature itself and am attracted to them.
My paintings begin with drawing (of my images from surrounding scenery and culture), which I call "the seed of the picture". This "seed of the picture" is equivalent to the young tree in bonsai and develops in a constraint of picture plane (or pot). There appears the contrast between the artistic activity that imitates bonsai's shape and the natural beauty. In order to highlight the contradistinction of these images, I use simple expression method such as white and black, same lines by pen.