In the Fibers of Traditional Japanese Paper, Cyoko Tamai Finds Possibility
Born in Kochi Prefecture, Cyoko Tamai is well-known for her innovative approaches to Japanese ink painting. As the 2014 Japan Society Artist-in-Residence, Tamai perfected her unique process of deconstructing Japanese washi paper by tearing out its fibers and adding ink to the subtly three-dimensional surface. In her most recent projects, Tamai uses glue mixed with mineral pigments to freeze the torn fibers in midair to create glossy paintings. "Floating Object 3" marks a departure in Tamai's application of ink--the stark contrast between the unpainted surface of the orb and the low relief of the liberally covered ink surface evokes an ethereal quality of an object floating in space.
Signature: Signed on verso.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Ronin Gallery | NYC
Japanese, b. 1987, Kochi Prefecture, Japan, based in Japan