On Place

On Place, INBE ART SPACE, Awagami Factory, Yoshinogawa, Japan
Pieces of the Land, ink, colored pencil, graphite on washi, 8.25 x 11.75 inches each, 2017
Pieces of the Land, ink, colored pencil, graphite on washi, 8.25 x 11.75 inches each, 2017
On Place, INBE ART SPACE, Awagami Factory, Yoshinogawa, Japan
Growth by the River, kozo pulp and watercolor on handmade washi, 39 x 78 inches, 2017
Passing of the Sky, kozo pulp and watercolor on handmade washi, 39 x 78 inches, 2017
Harvest on the Mountains, kozo pulp and watercolor on handmade washi, 39 x 78 inches, 2017
Rain in the River, kozo pulp and watercolor on handmade washi, 39 x 78 inches, 2017
Invisible Complexities (Kumo No Su), Cotton rope embedded in handmade kozo washi, 39 x 39 inches, 2017
Invisible Complexities - 1 (Kumo No Su), Cotton rope embedded in handmade kozo washi, 39 x 39 inches, 2017 | SOLD
Invisible Complexities - 2 (Kumo No Su), Cotton rope embedded in handmade kozo washi, 39 x 39 inches, 2017
Invisible Complexities - 3 (Kumo No Su), Cotton rope embedded in handmade kozo washi, 39 x 39 inches, 2017
Traces (Kumo No Ito), cobweb, paint, ink on bamboo washi, 8.25 x 11.75 inches, 2017
Traces (Kumo No Ito), cobweb, paint, ink on bamboo washi, 8.25 x 11.75 inches, 2017
Traces (Kumo No Ito), cobweb, paint, ink on bamboo washi, 8.25 x 11.75 inches, 2017
Traces (Kumo No Ito), cobweb, paint, ink on bamboo washi, 8.25 x 11.75 inches, 2017
Traces (Kumo No Ito), cobweb, paint, ink on bamboo washi, 8.25 x 11.75 inches, 2017

On Place, is a collection of artworks inspired by the local material, landscape, and scenery of Yoshinogawa, Japan. Using traditional papermaking techniques combined with experiments in application and scale, works respond directly to the land and resources surrounding the Awagami Factory. All works are created from Japanese paper known as “washi,” using local materials grown alongside the Yoshino River and nearby mountains. Works in exhibition include: 4 large-scale pulp paintings made from kozo plant material; 52 illustrations of local plants, insects, animals, and objects on kozo, bamboo, and mitsumama washi; 3 hand-woven spider webs embedded in kozo; 9 illustrations of spider threads made directly from cobwebs and ink on bamboo paper.

In partnership with Planet Labs, an Earth-imaging company in San Francisco, daily satellite imagery was collected of the Tokushima Prefecture. Images for pulp paintings were sourced from dozens of satellite images, selected scenes of Yoshinogawa reveal shifting cloud patterns and weather which occurred during the residency period.  On Place, is inspired by an immersive experience of life in Yoshinogawa, Japan encapsulated in washi-based projects.

© 2018 Richelle Gribble