Tattoo & Plum blossom series. 3. Photograph by Hitomi Mochizuki

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Tacked petals. Fingers and body. Tattoo on it.
Details of tacked petals.
Calligraphy on fingers. With Sumi / Shu sumi ink.
Calligraphy on petals, fingers and body.
Back of panel.

Art Description

Photography: Photo, Fabric, Metal, Ink, Digital on Soft (Yarn, Cotton, Fabric), Iron, Paper, Wood.

I sometime take my naked self portrait. I feel like twisted weird posing explains truth more than normal kind of beautiful naked portrait. The bottom body is my body, above hands are my favorite female model's.

Making process :
After stretched base fabric, stretched silk fabric as a top layer. Wrote calligraphy with Sumi, Shu sumi and Japanese gold paint. Fastened photography with tacks. The image is my self-portrait printed on cotton fabric with dye ink, calligraphy is painted on it. Then tacked on layers of small pieces of silk, paper with my calligraphy. The silk, paper are slightly raised.

Surface is made of fabric. Art work comes ready to hang.

About this series :
Inspired by Buddhist philosophy. I painted a famous sentence in calligraphy, composed with my self-portrait using Japanese materials.
The sentence is known as 白骨の御文 ( Missive of skull) by Rennyo, Japanese monk (1415-1499, Japan).
The meaning is as below:
A young beautiful person who was proudly showing off in the morning may die suddenly in the evening and their bones may be buried somewhere unknown, and fade away without anyone knowing. All worldly things are impermanent.
*Japanese writing : 朝には紅顔ありて世路に誇れども暮れに白骨となりて郊原に朽ちぬ
This sentence explains one of core parts of Buddhist philosophy. It resonates with my personal experience so this thought has been one of my life themes in regards to art-making.

Others :
Small white silk pieces signify petals of plum blossoms.
I hope you enjoy the detailed parts and interesting texture of all materials of this artwork.

Mediums: Silk fabric, cotton fabric, paper, tack (iron), sumi
ink, shu sumi(Red ink) Japanese gold paint, photography printed on cotton.


Tattoo & Plum blossom series. 3.

Hitomi Mochizuki



Size: 8.5 W x 10.9 H x 0.9 in

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