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).
The Seeds Alphabet 2015, Noren, digital print in 11 colors on Epson Japanese Kozo paper. A blue tale takes place on the work The Seed Alphabet (Noren), a tale made of flowers and phytomorphic forms. A partition that does not create a limit but a passage. A banner written with arborescent words, an alphabet made of flowers bloomed from mysterious seeds to make beautiful the word spoken and also the written word.
The Seeds Alphabet 2017, 2 kites in Tsugaru style, digital print on washi paper, bamboo sticks and cotton threads. Two kites in Tsugaru style, a typology derived from the Japanese tradition, on the sheeting of paper are printed shapes referring to an alphabet made of flowers and phytomorphic shapes. The digital printing gives even more to these forms their calligraphic sense, their being writing, almost an X-ray of imaginary plant forms.
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.