Method: Wataru Hatano's work is made from the Kurotani washi, a traditional Japanese paper. Washi is hand-made by first separating the inner bark of the plant and pounding it. This pounded version of the Kozo inner bark is added to a liquid solution and mixed with tororo-aoi (fermented hibiscus root), resulting in a paste-like substance. Each sheet of paper is made by spreading this paste across a su (bamboo mesh screen) evenly. Sheets are subsequently left to dry.
The paper is applied on a wooden panel acting as a canvas. It is then painted using a combination of pigment and acrylic resin, which is finished with fine liquid glass, making it waterproof. Each artwork is based on objects and colours inspired from things Hatano encounters through everyday life.
Care: Keep out of direct sunlight, lightly dust
This beautiful wood panel and washi paper piece presents an abstract composition. The division of colour harmoniously forms a horizon, like that of a landscape or seascape. Whilst the lower portion takes on an intense charcoal tone, the upper portion is a lighter grey, with a segment of white cutting through the two sections. The colours are applied in layers that allow for multidimensional patches of tone, creating visual texture through varying intensities of darkness. Spots of white can be seen glinting through the application of grey. The ambiguity of representation tunes into the calmness and serenity evoked through a landscape and seascape but still allows for individual interpretation.
About the Artist
Wataru Hatano who has been fundamental in promoting and developing the use of washi (traditional paper). Wataru Hatano studied oil painting at Tama Art University before moving to Kurotani in the northern Kyoto prefecture in 1996. The region has been central to washi (traditional paper) making for over 800 years and Hatano became very interested in its quality, deciding to train at Kurotani Washi to learn the skills of its production.