The Seeds Alphabet 2015 - The Seeds Alphabet 2017 - The Seeds Alphabet 2018
Anna Onesti trained between Rome and Turin. You then undertook an articulated program of studies in Japan, India and Indonesia to learn the ancient methods of dyeing and restoring paper and acquire the knowledge of the symbolic meaning that accompanies the flight of kites in oriental cultures. Some of her works are exhibited in major exhibitions in Italy and abroad and she is also constantly active in the field of Cultural Heritage with International Institutions dedicated to safeguarding cultural heritage
Technique: Washi paper and handmade Japanese paper combined with traditional Japanese fabric colouring techniques with the use of natural colours (the itjimezome, the shiborizome and the katazome).
In Seeds Alphabet, the artist has created the veils of a series of kites and a Noren partition on which, with black smoke ink or mica dust, he traced signs and shapes that refer to his personal "Alfabeto dei semi". In these generative forms the artist seems to glimpse almost an alphabet, made of flowers and phytomorphic forms that arise from mysterious seeds. The other group of works, "A floating world- Tapestries as screens", the artist creates pairs of tapestries each of which is associated with a season, inspired by the Japanese novel written by the lady Murasaki Shikibu lived in the Heian period.
Impermanence - The Gods of Wire - In Buddhism Six - Flower Shadow
Kakou Imagawa has been an instructor of Calligraphy at several universities since 1997, after over forty years of study and performance perfecting her art of calligraphy. Kakou Imagawa is unique as an artist in that she chooses to produce the framework which creates an environment the calligraphy herself, preferring to control all aspects of the finished works, blending materials, such as antique Japanese fabrics from Kimono, Obi (Kimono Belt) and foil. This approach is a radical departure from what is typically found in contemporary calligraphy in Japan.
Technique: ink and paper, pressed and rolled. For the frames, he uses a Japanese technique called "hyogu" which consists of gluing several layers of thin Japanese paper.
Through his work, the artist wants to share his thoughts on the impermanence of all modern things. Nowadays, for example, paper dictionaries, once very important tools, are going out of use in favor of vocal translation systems, often destroying ancient knowledge. With his works, the artist wants to represent the damage done by materialism and the continuous and uncontrolled desire for progress. In "Fear and Desire" there is a translation from Buddhist scriptures and a gold plate that represents the damage that the machine of materialism causes to traditions and the environment.