‘His Own Interpretation’ and ‘Her Own Interpretation’ are compositions with classic icons placed centre stage – An instrument and a mannequin respectively, in a positive and a shadow or negative. Each image is made in two parts on two sheets of joined Japanese paper. Shiomi has been inspired by our ability to reinterpret classic literature and performance, constantly changing the emphasis and inviting new perspectives as works are seen in the context of our own views. These two new woodcuts have been selected for the Royal Academy Summer (Winter) Exhibition 2020.
Shiomi has commenced work on a new and epic cycle of prints. The ‘Tea Bowl’ series evoke the Japanese ceremonial relationship with this object. These smaller woodcuts including Water Mirrors –Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter are available from Rabley Gallery Online Shop.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Nana Shiomi makes contemporary woodcut prints. After a period of examining Western art, Shiomi moved on to consider her own Japanese culture within her prints. Shiomi makes reference to masterpieces from the Japanese ukiyo-e tradition in her own work. She often employs a stage within the composition of her images to present ideas. Her printing approach can be described technically as a combination of relief/intaglio and water-based woodcut printmaking. It is rooted in the traditional methods of Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock, printmaking by hand with a Baren, to which she has added her own experimental printing techniques.
Shiomi’s work is held in public collections including her epic cycle of 100 Prints ‘One Hundred Views Of Mitate’ at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Royal College of Art Collection; Pallant House Gallery. Chichester; Wimbledon School of Art Collection; Brunel University, Middlesex; Oriental Museum, Durham; Aberystwyth University, Wales; The Johnson Museum, Cornell University Collection, USA; Tama Art University, Tokyo.
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1956, Shiomi studied oil painting and printmaking at the Tama Art University (BA, MA), Tokyo, and in 1989 – 1991 MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London. She has been living and working in London since 1989.
Rabley Gallery and Nana Shiomi co-published “This Side and the Other Side, Nana Shiomi Woodcuts 1996 – 2016, a monograph on the artist’s prints is available from the gallery.