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 elegant wood panel and washi paper piece combines a monochromatic palette to present an abstract composition. Taking on a predominately charcoal tone, a white stripe boldly cuts through the lower third of the composition, segmenting the charcoal colour in two. This white is speckled throughout to present an integration of tone and imitate glimmers of light. This white additionally borders the canvas giving it a luminosity. The application of charcoal colour is multidimensional, varying in intensity to harmoniously come together in this piece as a celebration of texture and tones.
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.