urushi-lacquer on wooden panel
The Halftone series is painted with a natural material called "urushi (lacquer)", which has been used in traditional Japanese crafts for thousands of years. During the Age of Exploration many urushi wares were transported from Japan to European countries. Urushi-lacquer is also used as an adhesive in kintsugi (golden joinery) and has been a cultural "joint" between countries. This series is based on photographs of various seascapes and painted with the urushi-lacquer to capture the momentary expression of the waves. In modern times, the sea is still a wall that separates lands and people, but it is also a road that connects to distant places and cultures. This series depicts "mobility" as the basis of modern and contemporary society opened up by the sea.