Gypsy Pennefeather: Joyful Harmony - yorokobi chouwa
Saturday, August 11, 2012 -
Sunday, September 09, 2012,
9:00 AM -
This exhibition explores aspects of Japanese daily life in a
series of painted photographs in a technique invented by the
artist, drawing on her love of Japanese wood block prints, Ukiyo-e,
but using contemporary materials.
Gypsy Pennefeather has long been fascinated by Japanese art and
culture and has modelled her work on masters of Japanese art
- Hiroshige, Hokusai, Utamaro, Kuniyoshi, Sharaku. Her early
copying of their work has been the basis of her photography,
painting and drawing. It is evidenced by a love of line, colour,
diagonals, people doing everyday things and in the details of their
tools of trade, clothing and collections of objects.
The works in this exhibition were produced after the artist
visited Japan for the first time in 2007. In them she aims to show
the amazing and harmonious culture of Japan in modern times.
The photographs which are basis for the works have been
enhanced, deconstructed, then printed onto heavy watercolour
paper. The artist then draws lines with a waterproof ink pen
and finally applies watercolour paint.
The titles were selected with considerable assistance from
Hiroko Tokunaga of Japan to ensure the correct interpretation of
each image and of each word.