A white and shaded blue Onna mask enveloped by organic forms -- brown mottled roots, green leaves and snaking vines -- fills the picture plane of this vertical canvas.
The Onna masks which depict women -- eyebrows drawn high on the forehead, red lips, black hair parted in the centre -- were used in the traditional Japanese musical performance called Noh established in the 14th century.
Takeuchi, his family and other Japanese Canadians were sent into exile during World War II. They were forced from their homes and relocated away from the B.C. coast. Takeuchi's paintings reflect his experiences of this time: "Unsettling and uncomfortable abstract forms which allude to the early exclusion years jostle with images from old Japan. While the paintings represent an uneasy search for harmony and balance between the two worlds, they are ultimately a celebration of my dual heritage."