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.
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This beautiful wood panel and washi paper piece harmoniously combines a monochromatic palette and abstract composition to celebrate texture and tone. Layers of white, light grey and charcoal are presented, with each hue speckling into one another to create a rough and texture feel. The charcoal shapes appear like four-pointed stars dotted throughout, and the tones seamlessly meld together with a dappling of the hues. The layering of tones invites intrigue and beautifully plays with light and dark to present a multifaceted and complex composition.
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.