NATURAL

POETRY

This art project was held in 2005 at Rydal Mount where the Poet Laureate William Wordsworth once lived. It was the first art collaboration with English poet Gary Boswell and young cellist Yoshika Masuda.

Conkers
Conkers

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 203 x 508 mm (8 x 20 in) / 2005

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Conkers
Conkers

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Dining Carpet
Dining Carpet

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 365 x 254 mm (14 x 10 in) / 2005

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Dining Carpet
Dining Carpet

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Dining Room Cabinet
Dining Room Cabinet

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 254 x 254 mm (10 x 10 in) / 2005

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Dining Room Cabinet
Dining Room Cabinet

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Hydrangea
Hydrangea

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 254 x 254 mm (10 x 10 in) / 2005

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Leaf (Cherry Tree)
Leaf (Cherry Tree)

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 203 x 152 mm (8 x 6 in) / 2005

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Leaf (Maple)
Leaf (Maple)

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 203 x 203 mm (8 x 8 in) / 2005

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Leaf (Oak)
Leaf (Oak)

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 254 x 254 mm (10 x 10 in) / 2005

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Leaf (Sycamore)
Leaf (Sycamore)

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 203 x 254 mm (8 x 10 in) / 2005

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Marguerite #01
Marguerite #01

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 406 x 406 mm (16 x 16 in) / 2005

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Marguerite #01
Marguerite #01

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Marguerite #02
Marguerite #02

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 610 x 1220 mm (24 x 48 in) / 2005

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Marguerite #02
Marguerite #02

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Pavement with Leaf
Pavement with Leaf

Japanese sumi ink & acrylic on canvas / 203 x 508 mm (8 x 20 in) / 2005

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  This project "Natural Poetry" was organized as the art collaboration with a contemporary poet Gary Boswell and a young cellist Yoshika Masuda in 2005 at Rydal Mount, where the Poet Laureate William Wordsworth once lived for 37 years. Through this project I explored the potential communication with the great poet past based in the Lake District where I started to live with my family. As is well known, Wordsworth was a poet who so loved the Lake District as to try to stem the torrent of modernisation. I assembled a series of works in attempting to trace Wordsworth’s visual fragmentary memories, deep emotion in his dairy life through the inspiration by the beauty of the Lakeland, and interpreting it in my own visual language. It was an artistic attempt to trace back to the poet’s spirituality and creativity at the Romantic period, namely the the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, from the perspective of our contemporary society. I believe our contemporary society is traceable to the modernisation that has transformed politic, economic, military, ideological, social and spiritual frameworks, and confronts unfavourable legacy of the modernisation such as Post-colonialism, environmental threats, energy issues, etc..Through this artistic attempt, I explored something in common among all of us with different art forms beyond time and borders. Furthermore, I personally tried to create each work as if writing poems through which I contemplate the potential creative form between literature and visual art. This is, however, the first series of brush hatching technique with Japanese sumi ink & acrylic.