Monday, October 9, 2023




    Sunao Yokota's Sumi-ink painting exhibition started on Oct. 6th. It has been two years since the last exhibition of hers at Taga Asahiya. This exhibition features some works which had appeared at the gallery in Kyoto and other places before but they appeared only one time and not exhibited since then, so I wanted to appreciate them one more time. So some of them are exhibited now in addition to the new works.    

    Yokota is semantic about "word" and her attachment to it is much stronger than common people like me. She said in her calligraphy book that she wishes to express language, which is invisible, into something visible in her own way. Yokota, however, wanted to express more beyond the "word " and she created more abstract works by sumi-ink later.    

    Yokota's calligraphy works are based on poems or novels of Chuya Nakahara, Osamu Dazai, Kenji Miyazawa, Takeo Arishima, Dostoevsky and Nietzsche that she picked. Some works are barely readable or unreadable because they are too abstract, and others are expressed by sumi-ink paintings. You might wonder how you can appreciate her works. I hope you will come to find some work of hers which you relate to, are interested in, or are moved by.

    I would be grateful if my old Japanese house is suitable for Yokota's paintings and helps express her long-standing, secure belief.