The story behind the artwork
For years, Kristjana has collected books on Japanese woodcuts and silk printing. Everything about the method and style appeals to Kristjana; the graceful, graphical sensibilities and the little personal features and moods that they evoke. In Kristjana's eyes, no one does landscapes better than the traditional Japanese woodcutters. The intricacy of carving in these old pieces is considered a miracle of sculpture.
In 1853, four American ships steamed into the harbour of Uraga and forced Japan to open up their ancient guarded country to the rigour of international trade with detested foreigners. After an internal struggle, the Japanese felt they had no choice but to adopt western technology in order to compete, so traditional woodcutting and silk printing was replaced by newer western methods.
Aoi (strange dependence) - Silk print exploration is a very gentle re-imagining of a Japanese woman holding a parasol for protection agains the sun. The Japanese women were famed for their beautiful flawless skin, so whom better to portray this than a white lear parrot. The original of this print is a very delicate silk screen print. The print had to be photographed in order to preserve it, as when it was taken out of the glass frame it started to fall apart.
This artwork forms one of a complementary pair which look stunning when hung together. Complete the pair.
Printed in our studio in London on Matt Smooth Fine Art Cotton 300 gsm, using giclée inks to ensure you are able to enjoy your print for years to come. All prints come with a physical Certificate of Authenticity.
Edition of 145, signed and numbered by the artist.
27.6 cm x 66 cm
Framed dimensions (approximately):
39.6 cm x 78 cm x 3.5 cm
Our prints are professionally cut by hand in our studio, therefore sizes can vary by mm.
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