In WAVE #97 (2014) by Makoto Ofune (b. 1977, Japan) manifold shades of blue harmoniously create a sensory experience linked to the natural world: light, weather, time and seasons. The combination of traditional Japanese painting techniques with an abstract vocabulary creates an elaborate colour field imbued with lightness and movement. In Ofune’s practice, powdered mineral pigments known as iwa enogu are applied to traditional Japanese hemp paper with nikawa, an animal gelatin glue. This technique enhances the vibrancy and depth of the original raw materials, creating intimate scenes that are both meditative and timeless.
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