Untitled (Alder Gold), 2021



This painting is prepared with Japanese traditional painting technique of mounting Japanese paper on the panels. Most of them are oil paintings (Gold one/ Dark Brown ones) on Japanese paper. Whiting is a traditional western primer used to prepare the canvas for the oil painting. The works are made using traditional painting tools of both the west and Japanese paintings. Those works reflect the theme of cultural, temporal and physical “in- between-ness”: being between Western and Eastern cultural values and between the permanent and the temporary physical properties of artwork. 

Through work, Yukari explores the material nature of paintings as a means to consider the ontology of things and spaces, responding to it as an interior space for the audience's experiences. The surface tension of the paintings attempts to bring the viewer’s attention to the surface of the work. The art historian Allen Leeps says artwork is “ an effort to relate the observer to the thing observed at the point where human perception brings them together”."

Yashabushi Dye

Alder cones have been used for dyeing and to conserve paper since the 8th century in Japan called Yashabushi dye. For these works, She dyed Japanese paper using the Ohaguro dye technique that uses iron mordant for the alder cones dye ( Yashabushi). Ohaguro was a cosmetic practice of teeth blackening popular in the past and most recently until the early 20th century among female widows. Blackened teeth were then considered aesthetically pleasing. 


Materials: Oil on Yashabushi dye paper mounted on Panel

Size: 400 x 400mm

Handmade in Auckland, New Zealand 


Any enquiries - yuka@publicrecord.shop