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A Memory of Spring

by Erin Nicholls
Labrador AU
$29.00
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The Artwork

The original artwork was the 11th piece for my "Year in Japan" series of 12. It was created using Copic markers and pencil on watercolour paper. The work depicts a scene of a famous laneway in Tokyo which is now called "Memory Lane". There are many Yakitori restaurants there. They hang fake flowers and leaves in the laneway, depending on the time of year. Because it is spring, there are fake cherry blossoms. My "Year in Japan" series captures everyday scenes in Japan in an attempt to convey the Japanese phrase 物の哀れ 'mono no aware' - the gentle sadness of things. This refers to the ephemeral, transitory nature of the world, which in turn evokes a greater appreciation for things which are quick to disappear, such as cherry blossoms. The scenes I portray are fleeting moments in time, where the figures, objects and light will only be in that exact state for a moment, never to be repeated. Furthering this concept, each piece also represents a different month of the year, highlighting the passage of time through the seasons. The works all feature a lone man with his back to the viewer, giving a glimpse into the life of a faceless stranger. The style I used was inspired by Studio Ghibli animation and traditional Japanese woodblock prints.

The Artist

How do you work? I work from home at my desk. I create works on paper with Copic markers and pencil so I do not need a proper studio for that.
Do you consider yourself a full-time or part-time artist? I'm a full time artist.
What inspires you? Japanese animation, architecture, design, nature
Name three artists that you respect? Gustav Klimt, Monet, Van Gogh
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