Clay expressions


As part of the events to be held to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Nepal-Japan diplomatic relations, an exclusive exhibition of contemporary clay work by renowned artists from Japan was inaugurated at the Nepal Art Council by Tsutomu Hiraoka, ambassador of Japan to Nepal, on March 21. The exhibition has been put together by the embassy of Japan in coordination with the Nepal Art Council and supported by The Japan Foundation.

Speaking at the function, ambassador Hiraoka said, “Japan and Nepal have traditionally been maintaining an unblemished record of friendly and cordial relations. Japan has also been a major partner in the socio-economic development of Nepal and my wish is that the friendly ties between these two nations will grow from strength to strength.”

The exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Clay Work features artistic and innovative art works by 29 esteemed artists of Japan. “The distinctive, individualistic works in the exhibition are contemporary yet at the same time manifest the tradition of Japanese ceramic work and reflects the age-old Japanese sensibilities,” informed Hiraoka.

All the works of art are beautiful and interesting in their own way and depict originality to the optimum. Divided into categories of vessel forms, geometric compositions, figurative images and organic forms, each piece depicts a story and is the result of some commendable hard work gone into making it.

‘The Bible in The Sand’ by Araki Takako — the artist has tried to capture the look of a Bible weathered with passing time, and in ‘Degenerating Bible’ the same artist has tried to depict an old and degenerating bible, ‘Package 82-B’ by Mishima Kimiyo — the artist has very aptly made a rendition of crushed newspapers, ‘Incense Burner’ by Ito Kosho and ‘Solar Eclipse’ by Miwa Ryosaku are few amongst the rest which manifest pure creativity of these contemporary artists and are a must watch for all.

(The exhibition will continue till April 2 from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm everyday)