Walter Wickiser Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition by Shiho Fujiwara, Prayers for Peace, from November 2nd to November 26th, 2013. The exhibition focuses on Fujiwara’s original large scale paper works using Japanese Sumi Ink and the handmade paper Washi. The collection of works includes an installation and two-dimensional works.
Originally from Hyogo, Japan, Fujiwara dedicated her life to resonate the spirituality of nature using the traditional art method, Sumi ink and Washi paper, and translated it into her own style. Fujiwara took maximum advantage of the characteristics of Japanese paper and Sumi ink. Her works are permeated with various shades of ink that percolates from the inside of Japanese paper. She uses paper that is made by hand from the tough fibers of Kozo, the paper mulberry, and different densities of Sumi ink. She either soaks the paper in the ink or applies it to the front or back surface of the paper. For large wall works in this exhibition the audience will face the back of the paper and experience the unexpected emergence of the ink from the front of the paper where the medium was applied.
Fujiwara was awarded Grand-Prix from the 8th Contemporary Art IMADATE Paper Exhibition, 1988; the Hyogo Art Encouragement Prize, 1996; and the Fumiko Kametaka Commemoration-Sekisyousya-Prize, 2006. Fujiwara’s works are included in the collections such as The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Paper Museum, Tokyo, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo, and The Seine-et-Marne Prefecture, Seine-et-Marne, France to name a few.