‘Ancient Japan’ by Norah Stocker
Exhibition runs from 2nd – 26th May 2017
Printmaking: This is a series of prints inspired by works of Japanese artist Utamaro (1753-1806) his beautiful detailed work using woodblock printing. Utamaro uses line and pattern on sumptuous fabrics and courtesans in their daily life.
For the last three years I have been exploring the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi in my art and textile work. Natural forms and the spiritual symbolism, the cycle of life and rebirth, impermanence, decay and incomplete. Fine art printmaking will be incorporated into future works of my art on textiles and papers as it will in my teaching.
I am exploring ideas of creating visual decay in methods of applying the inks in soft tonal colours and ghost prints to create small ancient art. Papers will play a very important part of my future work.
Textiles: The Boro – Japan: exploring stories through threads of life of an impoverished past Japan 15C. Woven, patched, indigo, rags from worn-down workwear and covers in todays world. frayed
Norah is a qualified Printmaker, Art, Design & Textile Artist and teacher of City & Guilds.
She exhibits throughout East Anglia annually at Quay Gallery Snape Maltings, Braintree Museum, Colchester Minories Gallery and at many other venues.