Title: Sky Island Illustration #14
Dimension: H210 x W297mm
Year: May 2017
Created a new fungus species to add to the “Sky Island” ecosystem.
A site specific art installation created in an old traditional Japanese building during my 4 weeks of artist residency at Shiro Oni Studio.
Sky Island #12 is a space that allows one to escape from the busy and stressful reality world. Upon passing through the Noren (door curtain), you will be drawn into a world that blurs the boundaries between nature, time and reality.
The scrolls of Shoji gami (japanese paper used for door) partition the interior into a maze-like structure that stimulates the audience senses as they get “lost” in the space.
The installation reacts in accordance with the weather; the scrolls flow in rhythm with the wind and the clouds brighten and dim along with the sunlight.
There are 2 different styles of space. One is the white space with a sofa facing the windows. Flowing white scrolls and white puffy clouds provide a pure, light-hearted atmosphere. The second is a warm, traditional Japanese space with tatami mats, sliding doors and a covered flowing ceiling. One can lies on the mat and literally float among the clouds.
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One of the most rewarding and inspirational residency I have attended so far, not only in my art development but the experience and the connection with people.
Shiro Oni Studio is situated in an ambience small town, Onishi 鬼石, closely surrounded by nature and warmhearted people. The Group 1 residency start on May 2- June 13 but it didn’t work well with my work schedule and so I started 2 weeks later.
All the artists are staying under one roof in a 3 stories house with a freshly start out vegetable garden and chicken barn. The town’s major places like supermarket, hardware shop, drug store, post office, bank, convenience shop, city hall and hot spring bath are all easily accessible on bicycle. The big stores are all outside town which is pretty hard to reach without car as the bus schedule is not that frequent but we have very helpful locals who brought us around in their cars.
There are 4 studio spaces, the Kinuya, Kotoriya, Shiro Oni Studio and the latest Juuichiya, as well as, a wood workshop and the kerosene kiln. All of them are all within 5 minutes distance on bicycle and we have the freedom to use them at any time.
Shiro Oni Studio
Beside residency, there are many other activities and workshops going on in this town. During my stay, there was lamp making workshop, sushi making workshop, visit the Hosokawa paper factory, doll making exhibition, tea ceremony, swimming in river, Taiko (drum) practice, Biwa (traditional Japanese music instrument) performance, BBQ and the Karaoke session. My most favorite pastime of all is just cycling and taking photos of the town.
-Taichi, Tuesday 7pm
-Badminton, Friday 7pm
-Equestrian club, Tuesday & Thursday 4pm
-Hot Spring Bath, Everyday, half price after 9pm
-Flea market, Sunday, 6am onwards