(Willows are green, flowers are crimson)
A joint exhibition of works by
drawing by Bridget Bodenham
Bridget Bodenham (Australia) and Yu Kobayashi (Japan)
Exhibition 11-26 August 2012
Opening Saturday 11 August 2-4pm
Mr Kitly is delighted to be hosting Bridget
Bodenham (Australia) and Yu Kobayashi (Japan) for a joint exhibition in
the Mr Kitly gallery in August 2012. This is the first time these two
ceramic artists have exhibited together.
"YANAGI WA MIDORI, HANA WA KURENAI"
(willows are green, flowers are crimson)
Zen saying by 11th Century Zen writer/scholar/poet So Touba (also known as So Shoku)
We expect that every year when Spring comes
there will be green willow leaves and crimson flowers. The lesson in the
ancient Zen saying, yanagi wa midori, hana ha kurenai, is
that we should not take this happening for granted, but appreciate the
beauty of this 'truth'. We should appreciate the beauty of nature as
it is. Imbedded in this aphorism is also the message is that things
have their individual charm (jibun no iro). In this joint exhibition the two artists can also be seen as representing yanagi and hana (willow and flowers); each artist with their own individuality, existing within a greater truth.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Bridget Bodenham lives and works in her studio in the idyllic bushland
setting of Hepburn Springs, Australia. Bridget has exhibited
extensively both within Australia and overseas, and was a finalist in
the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award and an Honourable Mention in
the Mino International Ceramic Award, Japan. She is currently teaching
ceramic art at Ballarat University.
Yu Kobayashi lives and works in a self-built
studio made from driftwood and recycled materials next to the ocean in
Shizuoka, Japan. Yu is a multi-disciplinary artist - a painter,
sculptor and ceramic artist. Yu regularly exhibits in Tokyo and across
Japan. She has had two books published about her life and work.
Bridget’s beautiful studio space seems to
have grown organically alongside the eucalyptus and wildlife
surrounding it. Yu walks daily through a grove of pine trees separating
her house from the ocean, whereupon she has a view of the sun setting
over Mount Fuji while she tends her driftwood bonfire on the
beach. Working in these natural surrounds, both artists create ceramic
pieces imbued with a deep appreciation for the profundity of nature,
whilst also delighting in a light, playful approach to the ceramic
form. Bridget and Yu's creations for this exhibition will be the result
of a dialogue across the ocean. With the presentation of functional
and non-functional ceramic objects - as well as paintings and drawings
to complement the ceramic works - this exhibition will be a celebration
of art made from the earth, and the capacity for ceramic objects to
bring joy into everyday life.