Plum and Maple TreesAZAMI, Takako
- Plum and Maple Trees
- AZAMI, Takako View artist Information
- sumi and pigment on paper
Azami Takako adopted the technique of working on the backs of sheets of paper in the late 1990s, and arrived at a style that uses dots and spots to powerful effect. The artist says that when ink is layered on the front, the color becomes doll, whereas when layers accumulate on the back, only fresh, vivid shades of ink appear on the front surface, creating a vibrant impression. This work, depicting complex intersections of plum branches in the background and Japanese maple branches in the foreground illuminated by the sun, is characterized by round white spots placed while sliding the brush horizontally, conveying the strength of Azami’s concern with light. The combination of black ink and white spots, and the complex lines folding back on themselves, cause the pictorial space to expand. This energetic image fuses the power of inward concentration and outward diffusion, expressing the humming of air, light, and branches with a rich sense of organic life.