Shoji (Shoji + Irori Diptych)

The great Frejús earthenware ceramic jar, its surface encrusted with pale yellow to ochre lichens like the rooftops of St Ives. It emerges into light from the shadows. 'Shoji' (not only relating to the art of Shoji Hamada) but meaning 'screen', it is the sliding paper partition screen. In his book on aesthetics, In Praise of Shadows Jun'ichiro Tanizaki comments oil the role of Shoji in the interaction of light and shadows and the power of their tones reflecting on subtle nuances of life. The importance of mindfulness and noticing the small things.

79 x 98 cm ( Framed 99 x 118 cm)

Oil, raw pigment, graphite and gesso on board in antique frame.