Ashiya, Japan born 1949
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: textiles, dyed and painted Polish linen Polish linen: dyed and painted; shibori technique
Keiko Amenomori-Schmeisser employs a traditional resist-dyeing process of pattern making, known in Japan as shibori. Influenced by a 1994 visit to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia and by the 1995 Kobe earthquake near her home town in Japan, she has used the nature of shibori as a metaphor for the tensions within the earth, as well as for the rips and undercurrents of Australia’s coastal waters. Her use of gold paint has resonances with the use of gold leaf in traditional Japanese paintings to create shimmers of light across uneven surfaces. This work shows Amenomori-Schmeisser’s mastery of shibori’s techniques in translating these traditions to the contemporary experience of the Australian landscape.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra