A "connection" in painterly
Now I will write about the flexibility and strength of life in paintings
which depicted by the Japanese artist, SAKAUCHI Miwako.
Her style of painting is abstract, but has a clear figure. The figure
is appeared by the contrast of color from the ground. The figure and ground
are painted by passionate strokes and the combination of intricate color
areas, and are in harmony. Her expression is beyond the conventional painting
style, figure-ground dualism. I feel some vital existence on the pictorial
surface of her paintings. And I also add the usage of impressive transparent
The scene of Japanese contemporary art faces dead end now. The reason
is the Japanese art is divided to the barren two directions. One is the
denial of lyrical painterly by the Formalistic pursue. The other is the
heteronomy (element outside art) by comical (subculture) expression. I
anticipate people appreciate her lyrical paintings, the painterly renaissance.
On the other hand, our modern society also faces dead end. The main reason
is the Reductionalism which modern science and philosophy are based on.
The famous philosopher, Gregory Bateson (the author of "Steps to An Ecology
of Mind") and the biologist, James E. Lovelock (he advocated the Gaia
hypothesis) emphasize the "connection". In other word we say it organic
relationship. We should think nature and life in the aspect that everything
are diversified and connected in the big one circle, not isolated.
The artist, Sakauchi depict "connection" in the painterly field. Her strokes
are passionate. But strokes don't stand out, were connected other strokes
thoroughly. She uses primary and gradation of colors effectively. All
elements are connected. They are beyond the Reductionalism. I think her
painting has a vitality and tenderness of life form truly.
ARAI Hiroyuki, art critique