Saturday, 3 August 2013

Byaku: Nahoko Kojima

Whilst we're on the subject of artists who work with paper, one of the great things about events like the recent Urban Art fair is that you get to meet people who like, (as well as those that don't like), your work. It's even better when you meet someone who turns you on to artists or exhibitions that had passed under your radar. One such artist recommended to me by a visitor was Nahoko Kojima who practices the art of kiri-e, (Japanese paper-cutting), and is currently showing at Jerwood Space, Union Street. The piece on display is titled: Byaku and is a papercut sculpture created from a very large sheet of Washi paper. It represents a life-size polar bear diving into the ocean, and took 7 months to create with Kojima apparently having to change the blade of her scalpel every 3 minutes. 

It is a really beautiful, ethereal piece, and is a totally convincing evocation of a polar bear, suspended in space. Thank you Eileen C. for the heads up on this artist, it was a pleasure to meet, (and be photographed), with you and your friends at Urban Art.