Monday, 26 September 2011

Kakejiku artist

This kakejiku and screens artist lives and work in Tokyo, his name is Inazaki. The kakejiku must be at the same level of the work of art that have to support, is more important than a frame, colors, dimension, textures are all elements have to consider in making the kakejiku of gret quality an artistic value.


The kakejiku is a scrool with a calligraphy or painting to be hung on the wall, is made of many layers of very thin paper glued together to support the picture, this is for resist to many roll ups and unwraps. There are small part of the scroll with paper or fabric decoration and at both extremities a cilybder of wood. In Japanese tradition, is hung on the wall something new every season, just one thing, painting or calligraphy in harmony with the season. There are't many paintings on the wall only in the tokonoma, just one and for a limited period of time.


This is a shoji, a wooden frame covered with paper, of the size of the window, in between are positioned bamboo curtains to lower more the light, that draw a grear shadow on the white paper. In traditional Japanese houses there always low light. The great Japanese writer Tanizaki Junichiro wrote "In Praise of Shadows" where explain beautifully the Japanese aestetics of shadows and darkness.

Painting on the wall

The painting or calligraphy scroll is called kakejiku, is one of the element of the tokonoma, the most precious corner of the main room. The most important guest sit close to it. During tea ceremony there will be displayed a flower arrengement called chabana and a box with incense. This painting represent a beautiful water lily. Is central in Japanese culture and tradition the harmony, with the universe, with nature, this photo was taken in Summer in Kitakata, so the painting in the tokonoma have to be in harmony with the season because the lily is a summer flower and also the painting represent water and so giving the idea of freshness. Picture taken with natural light coming from the window with shoji that dimm much the light