Patterns In Nature
by Kyoko Bass
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Growing up in rural Japan near mountains and ocean, I have always been fascinated with the natural organic forms and patterns nature creates. My artworks explore these delicate patterns of nature and natural phenomena such as wave and wind movements through painting and paper sculpture.
My work is inspired by the process and aesthetics of Japanese traditional art such as Kirie (papercut art), Ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) and Sumi-e (ink wash painting).
3D papercut sculpture is composed of a combination of different mediums and methods such as drawing, Kirie, watercolor painting and sculpture. It consists of 3 papercut layers (on tree-free yupo paper) and 1 watercolor or acrylic painting background. The floating effect is created by archival films.
My artistic goal is to provide a sense of calmness and peace through my work.
A portion of art sale proceeds from this exhibit will benefit the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge.
What is Kirie?
The word kirie comes from the two kanji kiri, meaning cut, and 絵 e, meaning picture.
The art of making pictures by cutting paper took root in Japan in the 7th century as an import from the Chinese mainland. The abundance of sturdy washi paper allowed Japanese artists to transform the artform into a different medium, finally becoming a performance art by the 17th century.
Kamikiri (simply meaning paper cutting), as it was known during the Edo Period, was enacted in front of a live audience against a backdrop of music. Masters took requests and expertly transformed sheets of papers into cutouts upon the request of audience members.
Modern day kirie, while not as flashy as its kamikiri predecessor, is equally entertaining. No matter how small or grand the completed project, the process and tools of kirie remain essentially the same: a bladed object deftly cutting away at a single sheet of paper in a process that can take mere minutes or as much as many months to complete.