Hiroko Masuko “Bonsai “ Beautifully Detailed Drawings
Bonsai is a central theme to my work. Bonsai is the art form of planting trees in a pot and creating a microcosmic scene of nature. It consists of multiple layers of various elements. The size of a pot determines how much trees can grow. Branches and trunks which grow freely are shaped artificially with wires. To create the natural-looking, white, dead branches and trunk, a skilled craftsman uses deadwood technique to kill some parts of them with chemicals or a chisel knife. Natural plants which grow in various directions do not have a specific front side obviously. However, in Bonsai there is a front side, which means there is a painterly element to them. Bonsai is created intentionally this way. Bonsai is the collaborative result of natural beauty and artistic work by a human, a combination I am deeply attracted to.
THE ROW SPRING 2015
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