「Saku/fragrant letters (in parts)」by Sonja Porcaro

Studio Kuraでは、オーストラリア出身のアーティストSonja Porcaroによる滞在制作発表「Saku/fragrant letters (in parts)」展を開催します!
Sonja Porcaroが1ヶ月の滞在期間中に制作した作品を展示します。
Sonja Porcaro is an Australian sculpture and installation artist.

Saku/fragrant letters (in parts) and Saku/amidst fields are poetic responses to Itoshima and its surrounds- rhythms/patterns of everyday life, the nuances and complexities of language and translation, ideas of permanence/the robust/solid and transience/flux/fragility and in responding to Japanese architecture (including Buddhist and Shinto temples and shrines) the idea of ‘thresholds’ between inside/outside, visible/invisible, destruction/renewal and the reverent/ordinary.

The vertical tree-like works in Saku/fragrant letters (in parts) combine tin cans, dowel and found bamboo with (the more) fragile/ephemeral newspaper, rice and felt, with forms alluding to blooms of ‘sakura’ (cherry blossoms) Porcaro witnessed on arrival in Japan/Itoshima and other plants and flowers in the surrounds.

These works combine fragments of both (South) Australian newspaper brought from home and of the locally sourced Mainichi Shimbunsa (or ‘Green Newspaper’) which Porcaro had read about in Australia- recycled newspaper embedded with small flowers or herbs, that will grow in soil once the paper is finished with. Not only practical, the newspaper also acts as a beautiful metaphor for renewal, regeneration (and hope) considering the weight of (historical) devastations in Japan. The ‘saku’ in the title of these works too, refer to the first part of the word in ‘sakura’; ‘saku’ meaning ‘to bloom, flourish, unfold’ or to ‘smile/laugh’. It can also denote ‘harvest, cultivate or create’ (as in a poem or work of art).

In utilising fragments of newspapers from both Australia and Japan (removed from their broader contexts) the work also speaks of the nuances, complexities and fragmentary nature of language, translation and meaning across cultures.

Like much of Porcaro’s work, Saku/fragrant letters (in parts) and Saku/amidst fields are also very much concerned with ideas of transience and flux and finding the reverent in the everyday.

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