Into The Ukiyoe World

Definition of Ukiyo-e as defined in Wikipedia: “Ukiyo-e is [a Japanese woodblock art form which strongly emphasizes silhouetted design] with a history spanning more than three centuries. It developed as the bourgeoisie’s own form of cultural expression, and is unique in the world. In the course of time, the style of ukiyo-e naturally underwent changes, as did the lives of the people with which these woodblock prints were closely linked. But from Japan they have travelled the world; unbeknown to their creators, ukiyo-e have had a profound influence on modern Western painting. With this in mind, we can still appreciate their great vitality.”

In these sculptures I have drawn from my interest in ukiyo-e.

“…Living only for the moment, turning our full attention to the pleasures of the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maples leaves; singing songs, drinking wine, diverting ourselves in just floating, floating… refusing to be disheartened, like a gourd floating along with the river current: this is what we call the floating world”.
—Asai Ryoi,
Tales of the Floating World (Ukiyo-monogatari)