Bibliography & CV

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Yori immigrated to Australia in the year 2000. She finished the Master course at The National Art School (NAS), majoring in printmaking.

Her work interprets Japan’s native nature aesthetic, which colours her perspective with its placement of nature at the centre of its philosophy. Specifically, she is influenced by Shintoism and Zen Buddhism, the latter teaching the beauty of imperfection in nature which is an important part of her aesthetic. Her current projects are based on the integration of her aforementioned Japanese aesthetic and philosophy, with her experience of Western culture.

Yori’s landscapes immerse us in her experience of nature which is imbued with memory, colour, emotion, and the ineffable spiritual presence, influenced by her Japanese heritage. This last element is particularly felt in her landscape paintings, suffuse with a soft, white light; or in the flush of pink of the sky at dawn. She also creates works using printmaking techniques and hopes to extend her practice to other media.

Japanese traditional colour themes are a prominent element in her work, as is the universal semiotic breadth of colour: its cultural and religious connotations; how it conjures feelings of nostalgia; and also its ability to stimulate other senses (synaesthesia). Her investigation has also extended to the history of colour and the manner in which it came to be ordered and assigned to signify wealth and social status, as in former centuries when an augmented status was ascribed to pigments such as purple, because of its scarcity. Talismanic power has also been attributed to colours such as red which in Japan is still used today ceremonially to ward off malevolent spirits and disease.

In Yori’s works, she presents nature’s harmony through particular colour combinations inspired by the seasons, as well as being derived from Western colour compositional theories. With that said, she interprets these combinations within the context of the laws of Japanese colour symbolism.In Floating Series, for instance, the white, negative space surrounding the coloured, organic shapes is expressive of ‘the sacred’ according to Japanese tradition.

The abstract forms are also derived from her Japanese influence as she meditates before beginning her work, contemplating nature. This is a process based on Zen practices and began in her childhood at the instruction of her Zen calligraphy teacher. In Buddha’s doctrine, Zen meditation is central to the search for a definition of life and emphasises the importance nature. Similar to the effect of the Zen Koans, Yori’s works affect calm and clarity of mind upon her viewer, analogous to a meditative state.

 

神奈川県横浜市生まれ。2000年にオーストラリアに永住。ナショナル・アート・スクール(NAS)大学で版画を専攻し、修士課程を修了。

彼女の作品の基本には、日本の自然哲学的な思想を中心とした日本の美学がある。特に彼女の作品に見られる独特な美的感覚は、神道や禅宗の概念からの影響から自然の不完全な美しさに集約している。現在、彼女は移住した先の西洋文化の経験をもとに、日本の美学とその宗教的哲学の統合を表現する作品を制作している。

Yoriが作り出す風景画によって、彼女が経験し、また影響された日本の思い出、色、感情、そしてスピリチュアルな存在感に魅せられた自然体験を疑似体験する事ができるだろう。特に彼女の作品の中で描写さえれているスピリチュアルな表現は、柔らかい白い光で満たされたり、または夜明けの空のピンクのフラッシュなどで強く感じることができる。また、彼女は銅版画の技術を応用して作品を制作しており、今後もまたそれらを元にした製作活動を様々に場所に広げていくだろう。

彼女の作品の中で、最も重要な要素なのが日本の伝統色である。日本の伝統色は一般的な記号論的な表現に加え、日本の文化的および宗教的な意味合い、また名前や呼び名により郷愁の想いを呼び起こし、他の感覚をも刺激し共感させることができる。彼女のこの日本の伝統色に関する研究は、色彩そのものの歴史だけでなく、旧世紀には紫色がその色素の希少性のために豊かさと社会的地位を示していたことや、現代の日本においても、いまだに呪いやお守りの効果があるとして、赤色を使用しているなど、多岐に広がっている。

Yoriの作品では、西洋の色彩構成理論を元に制作されているだけでなく、それぞれの季節に触発された四季折々の色の組み合わせによって自然の調和を表現している。また、彼女はこれらの日本の伝統色の組み合わせにより、それぞれの色が持つ意味合いを引き出し合い、繋がるようにように表現している。例えば、銅版画のフローティングシリーズでは、日本の伝統によれば「聖なるもの」を表現している白を紙の色で表し、その白を彩色した有機的な形を取り巻くことにより、この作品自体に神聖な印象を与えるようにしているという。

また彼女が作品を製作する前に瞑想するなど、彼女の抽象的な作品形態は日本の影響が強い。このプロセスは、彼女が幼少期に習っていた書道の先生が指導したものだそうだ。まず、禅の世界では瞑想が人生や世界観を考える上での大切な教えである。禅のお経の効果と同じように、Yoriの作品は、瞑想的な状態に類似していて、彼女の作品はを見ているうちに心の中に静かで明快な感情が芽生えるはずである。

 

 

– Zoe Harrington, freelance writer / former editor of Sculpture + Enemies

ゾーイ・ハリングトン、フリーランス作家 / 元Sculpture + Enemiesのエディター

 

EDUCATION

2009 – 2013          Master of Fine Arts Degree, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

2008                      Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours Degree, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

2005 – 2007          Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

1989 – 1991          Diploma of Space Design, Tokyo Designer College, Tokyo, Japan

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018            Cross Currents, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Waverley Council, NSW

2017            Song of There and Here, Gallery 43, Wagga Wagga, NSW

2013             MIXING COLOURS, Building 5, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

2011             Still Lives, Join exhibition, NAS Award Exhibition with Lauren Murphy, Australian Galleries, Sydney, NSW

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017             Whyalla Art Prize, Port Adelaide, SA

                         Art Extravaganza, Brisbane Macgregor Lions Club, Brisbane, QLD
                         Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award (Online), Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2015            Albany Art Prize, City of Albany, WA

                        ILLUMINATED ARTISTES BAZAAR – Syrian refugee fundraising exhibition, Tap Gallery, Sydney, NSW

                        Corangamarah Art Prize, Red Rock Regional Gallery, Cororooke, VIC

                        Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award (Online), Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

                         Hell-o Arts Festival, 107 Projects, Sydney, NSW

2014             upstairs and downstairs, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2013            washed up (hung to dry), Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney, NSW

                         Postgraduate Show, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

2011             Shelf-life, Delmar Gallery, Sydney, NSW

                         Inori, Japan’s Earthquake Charity Exhibition, Masuda Gallery, Sydney, NSW

                         Still Lives, NAS Award Exhibition with Lauren Murphy, Australian Galleries, Sydney, NSW

                          Present Tense, China Heights, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW

                          Books….beyond words, East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale, VIC

2010            Art Bound, Gallery Red, Sydney, NSW

2008            National Art School Honours Show, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

                        The Fifth Biennial International Miniature Prints, Vancouver, Canada

2007             National Art School Degree Show, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

                         Drawing Graduate Exhibition, National Art School, Sydney, NSW

                         The Capital Project: Works on Paper, Han Jun Arts Centre, Hongik University, Korea

2005            Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA

                        Whyalla Art Prize, Port Adelaide, SA

 

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2017           Finalist, “Whyalla Art Prize”, Port Adelaide, SA

                      Finalist, “Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award”, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2015           Finalist, “Albany Art Prize”, City of Albany, WA

                       Finalist, “Corangamarah Art Prize”, Red Rock Regional Gallery, Cororooke, VIC

                       Finalist, “Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award”, Lethbridge Gallery, Brisbane, QLD

2009           Finalist, “Books….beyond words”, East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale, VIC

2008           Finalist, “The Fifth Biennial International Miniature Prints”, Vancouver, Canada

2007           Winner, “Australian Galleries Works on Paper Award, Outstanding Achievement Printmaking” by Australian Galleries at the National Art School Graduation Show, NSW

2005           Finalist, “Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize”, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, SA

                       Finalist, “Whyalla Art Prize”, Port Adelaide, SA

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

“Albany Art Prize”, exhibition catalogue, City of Albany, WA, 2015

“Postgraduate Show”, exhibition catalogue, National Art School, NSW, 2013

“Books….beyond words”, exhibition catalogue, East Gippsland Art Gallery, Bairnsdale, VIC, 2009

“National Art School Degree Show”, exhibition catalogue, National Art School, NSW, 2007

“The Capital Project: Works on Paper”, exhibition catalogue, Han Jun Arts Centre, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea, 2007

Exchange Prints Portfolio, Curtin University, Perth, WA, 2007

Exchange Prints Portfolio, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, 2007

“Waterhouse National History Art Prize”, exhibition catalogue, Adelaide, SA, 2005

 

COLLECTIONS

Private collections, Sydney, NSW, Adelaide, SA, Canada, and Yokohama, Japan