Tuesday, Nov. 6 to Saturday, Dec. 1
Artist Reception (Member Event):
Friday, Nov. 9 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
2nd Saturday Opening (General Public):
Saturday, Nov. 10 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Washi (wa = Japanese, shi = paper) is paper that uses local fibers such as Gampi, Mulberry (Kozo) or Mitsumata, is processed by hand, and made using traditional techniques. Its unique features are its varied texture, thickness, strength, soft translucency and absorbent qualities. In the late 1800s, 100,000 families were making washi; now, there are about 350 remaining.
Arun has developed a love for this paper, and also for Chinese & Japanese landscape paintings. Without the talent to paint, he uses the camera to compose minimalist images using the principles of Chinese landscape painting such as creating depth with layers and mist, and the use of empty or negative space. Finally, matching each image to a particular washi paper, taking into account its texture, thickness, and absorbent qualities creates an expressive print.