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Kaori Homma

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a problem of annihilation
a problem of annihilation
" Art doesn't last. Life doesn't last. It doesn't matter." Eva Hesse.


" The world is but a drop of dew, a drop of dew , and yet and yet ..." Issa


Knowing that if one can achieve that sort of acceptance, life may be a little more tolerable, and yet when faced with such a profundity of Hesses's conclusion, I found my own inability to come to the same conclusion. Just like issa's haiku poem soon after losing his little daughter, the inability to say “It doesn't matter" leaves us with many questions. In my recent project, I have been grappling with this seemingly unattainable state of mind, and trying to look deeper into the cause of this inability.
detail of "Study of East" Drawing by fire
detail of "Study of East" Drawing by fire


I am interested in the idea of the lines in between, especially the demarcations between the notion of east and west which often perceived as a polemical position. As a Japanese artist living and working in the “west”, the idea of tracing the deciduousness of this demarcation is not only theoretical but personal.
Installation view at Le Pave d
Installation view at Le Pave d'Orsay
A Similitude in Eastern landscapes
A Similitude in Eastern landscapes



The comparative studies I am carrying out between old master’s skylines both from the eastern and the western traditions neither proves nor disproves the existence of this perceived demarcation, but rather questions about our pre-conception about our positioning within the spectrum between east and west. And I am doing this study through unconventional means, by fire, rather than normal drawing method. As I feel such a fleeting idea deserves vocabulary as ephemeral and yet as fundamental. I think there is something important the way image gets burned into the paper and becomes a part of the substance, rather than sitting on the surface like any other materials. And the fact the image contains a level of fragility and notion of death within it, I think is a fitting tool to dig at this idea.


The Image seen in my works are not made by the pigment sitting on the surface as of a conventional drawing, but by a technique normally associated with a secret correspondence in a past.Using fire, acid and water, the image was made as the integral part of the paper.
detail of " Between two continents .."
detail of " Between two continents .."















“ Between two continents and a half a millennia- Moran and Fan k’wan”

Drawing with fire, acid and water on paper
2009
Kaori Homma
London
United Kingdom
Europe

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