A Room of One’s Own Seasons
This woodblock print is Nana Shiomi’s tribute to two artists who influenced her - Virginia Woolf who wrote the essay “A Room of One’s Own” encouraging all women to have their own careers, and Giorgio de Chirico, a surrealist artist whose train image can be seen in the back.
In collaboration with Hanga Ten, this is part of a series of prints celebrating the works of contemporary Japanese printmakers.
|Dimensions||76 x 108cm|
|Fabric & material||Woodcut|
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Nana Shiomi’s interest in printmaking developed at the age of twenty. She chose the traditional Japanese woodcut technique – using the “baren” to spread the water-based ink and let it soak into the Japanese paper – as her means to communicate her ideas, and this was an integral element in determining her style. She is fascinated by the fact that the plate and the print are always opposite configurations and soon encountered dualistic principles everywhere. Her first solo exhibition in 1981 was entitled “Double Faced Theatre”. It is no coincidence that most of her work is composed of two opposing sides.
Shiomi’s works ask questions about the space beyond, or indeed the world beyond. There may be a room beyond the door, but then there is a landscape or a seascape, signifying the existence of a different world. One asks what lies beyond the picture. In Buddhist terminology, the “other shore” means the state of enlightenment, as well as the world of the dead. Is it possible that this side on which we live is indeed the other side?