Tokyo wild – Residents and architecture, plants are both, 2018
Synthetic polymer paint, lino cut, collagraph and relief prints, frottage, pigmented ink, conte and matte varnish on papers on stretched linen.
140 x 180cm
Photo: Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.
The title for this work is inspired by a quote from one of my Youkobo residency questionnaires completed by a Tokyo resident. The full quote-͞Also, plants do not move and always stand in one place they happen to be …. Giving me an impression that they are both residents and architecture atthe same time. This work combines many sightings from my residency walks. Not far from Youkobo are remnants of what was once the greenbelt of Tokyo – a few market gardens remain along with plant nurseries and community gardens. Here I saw the gumboots. Street and garden trees are often staked in a very aesthetically pleasing manner. These references are combined with plant pot hooks, besser blocks, and various foliage. The base layer of gridded rectangles references the tiled surfaces I saw regularly in the suburbs of Tokyo.