WAY OF BORO
“I immediately embraced the aesthetics and philosophy of this art form.“ - Koralie, 2020.
Way of Boro outlines fragmentation, juxtaposition and patchwork in Koralie’s new art pieces. The new series is presented at Kolly Gallery from 23rd to 28th March 2020.
The title of the exhibition is derived from the Japanese term boro, which means something tattered or repaired. Boro was worn by the peasant farming classes, who mended their garments with spare fabric scraps out of economic necessity. Therefore, the boro garments of Japan from 1850-1950 resembled a patchwork after decades of mending. The boro approach is not only aesthetical, but also a philosophical one. It embodies the presence of the past in the present and illustrates wabi-sabi, in that the fabric reflects the beauty of natural wear and use. With Koralie’s sense for ecology, craftsmanship and Japanese culture she found the boro approach an honorable inspiration for her new pieces.
On the one hand, the artist incorporates her well-know style of ‘kaleidoscopic nature‘, that she masters perfectly symmetrical shapes that she can repeat identically. On the other hand, she allows her recent and intuitive approach of ‘acclimatation‘, using less controlled and more painterly character, merge into her work. The reference to the boro tradition, is presented through cut out of different fragments from preexisting canvases, which are sewed together to a symmetric art work. She superimposes and supplements the phyllotaxic elements with hand-painted brushstrokes according to her mood. It also demonstrates Koralie’s passion and engagement for craftsmanship. Moreover, she found another parallel to boro garments, such as the her predominant color indigo.
The Way of Boro series reunites all of Koralie’s artistic and personal interest: motifs, folklore, indigo, juxtaposition, construction and repetition. Koralie’s artistic approach ranges from popular tradition, to symbolic aesthetics and contemporary ecology. The artist progressively balances the mismatches and ultimately brings life to the paintings through various textures.
Koralie is a sensitive artist, who incorporates personal research, craftsmanship of indigenous cultures and homage to the complex beauty of nature into her versatile work.
TANIA DI BRITA