My paintings are a personal documentation of places I have been. For the three makura byoubu I chose the Edo-streets of Mino as starting-point. During my walks through the streets, taking photos, it's then I noticed how the modern buildings mingle with the traditional buildings. This mingling with modern buildings is the main image of the three makura byoubu.
The makura byoubu exists of two joined panels. Standing in front of the panels, the distance to where the panels are joined is the biggest. Perspective is not a subject in my artwork, but this feature made it a nice experiment. The result is an untypical image of the Edo-streets of Mino. I have painted places easy to overlook between the traditional buildings. The colored paper I made during this workshop plays part in the composition and use of colors of the paint.
Makura byoubu is a pillow screen. This type of byoubu is put next to the pillow to protect from drafts, to put clothes and accessories on and to give some privacy when used in a ryokan.
I am interested in traditional Japanese architecture and did some research on the use of paper in interiors. Today the most known screen is probably the one used at tea- ceremonies. I hardly found any information about makura byoubu. Fortunately Ichihara-san could tell me more about its' history. What I find so fascinating about the makura byoubu is that it's quite unthinkable to lie so close near a painting, sleeping next to it. It made me think about what kind of painting one would want to sleep next to.. and what kind of painting not.
View here the installation displayed at the Mino Washi Museum
In 2011 I went to Nagoya Zokei University as exchange student. I followed the Japanese painting course (Nihonga) and learned how to make a teacup at the Ceramic department. Both the "Japan line series" and "Crossing series" are influenced by the Japanese urban environment.
To this day I still use Japanese pigments and brushes. In the Netherlands it's near impossible to get. This trip was a nice combination of seeing old friends and buying supplies.
The photos show the route between Mino and Nagoya Zokei University: I like to be on the way- and I like trainstations. With the train it takes about two hours to get to Kasugai, changing trains at Mino-Ota and Tajimi. From Kasugai a schoolbus takes you to NZU in about fourty minutes. I wanted to take the 8:46AM train from Mino, but the counter was closed. Weeks later I found out there is a machine inside the train for buying tickets.
The shop with supplies for Japanese painting is like a treasure box full of colors. My old classmates were working on large size paintings. I really love the colors of the Japanese pigments. They are vivid and have their own texture: from sandy to muddy to shining silk. The layers are transparant, which gives it an atmospheric sometimes "spooky" feeling. The last photo is a drawing made by my friend shown in one of the gallery spaces at Nagoya Zokei University.