Paula Leiva Granger
Gold leaf papers the background over which delicate fruit and vegetable compositions are framed, sending us back to the traditional rinpa and four seasons (shiki-e) decorative painting.
Atemporality, symbolised in the golden surface, embraces non-permanence and the cyclic expression of nature.
In reference to the depictions of dreaming women with jet-black hair, which contrasts with their ivory or lightly tanned flesh, we are reminded of another Japanese pictorial genre, the bijin-ga representations of geishas and courtesans in boudoir scenes.
These are urban figures from a flowing world, where the daily gesture bespeaks a certain existential retreat, where the intense carmine and silvery yellow draws us into an emotional impasse, in moments of idleness where the void is filled with emotional intensity.”
June 27, 2014