These “Windows of Other Awakening” series represent the Zen principal of “Satori”. There are few windows at some temples in Kyoto which are called “satori no mado”; “windows of awakening”. These paintings are part of the “Ellipsis series” in which I follow the Shinto Animist tradition of using elements of landscape to represent larger nature spirits. These elements both come between the observer and this nature spirit as well as stand in for it. The use of natural landscape colours accentuates this connection. For me, these paintings represents beautiful elements of nature. I push the sense of the canvas being a three dimensional space with the use of paint layering emphasised by the contrasting intricate pencil etchings.
“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.
– Zoe Harrington, freelance writer / former editor of Sculpture + Enemies”