The first three artists of our 2015 season come from Japan, and have been selected by curator
Rachel Carvosso. Rachel shares some thoughts on her process below.

 

From the Curator:

I have been very intrigued and inspired by the Illuminated manuscript concept of Spark and Echo Arts and having been based in Japan for 10 years I wanted to invite Japanese creative producers into the process. With little general cultural saturation of biblical background and imagery I decided to connect to a more general relevant theme of finding hope within the brokenness. Japan was hugely effected by the events of 3/11 and Fukushima and Tohoku in particular continue to be places where recovery in ongoing. How do artists respond in the aftermath and what does the bible have to say about disaster, fear, suffering and hope?

All three artists have considered both their identity as “Japanese” artists post 3/11 and questioned how the bible could relate to God`s bridging of the gap created by brokenness and sin, what should be questioned and how hope can be found even in the middle of the most painful and confusing circumstances.

For myself all these pieces remind me of the Japanese tradition of Kintsukuroi (Kintsugi). In  Kintsukuroi broken pottery, rather than being discarded is delicately restored — the cracks filled in with gold. What is broken becomes more beautiful as a result, and I find that Japanese artists responding to the bible through the prism of the disaster have a lot of beautiful and important insights to share.

 

 

The third work is from photographer Satsuki Ichikawa in response to Romans 8:24-28:

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the spirit intercedes for God`s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 

 

 

 

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 Satsuki Ichikawa, Hope, 2015

 

 

 

From the Artist:

I chose to make work responding to the theme of hope. As long as we are alive we will experience some suffering and pain, we have been given the written promises of God that the pain and the suffering does not end in despair. In Japan, after the earthquake of 3.11, there are many people who are sad and even now are still suffering in some ways.

The first photo represents the feelings of these people –  feelings of sorrow, anger and tension.  I think it is important to express such struggle and emotions. In the second image the storm has subsided and hope is beginning to be found. In the third image I wanted to express the promise of God that there is no hope that the ends in disappointment.

The Sky is a canvas – when we view the sky it seems to comfort us, and it can speak into our minds.

People who have lost everything can receive a light of hope.

 

私は希望をテーマにこの箇所を選びました。私たちは生きている限り時として苦しみや痛みを経験します。けれども聖書はここで、それは失望で終わるのではないという、素晴らしい神の約束が記されています。日本は3.11の地震により、今もなお悲しみ苦しみの中にいる人々が多くいます。

1枚目の写真はそんな苦しみの中にいる人々の心情、悲しみや憤り、葛藤などを表現しています。

2枚目は嵐が静まり、希望を見い出し始めた心。

3枚目はその希望が失望に終わる事がないという神の約束を現しました。

空は私たち人間の心にそっと寄添うように、語りかけます。

希望を失った人々に希望の光が届きますように。

 

 

SatsukiIchikawa

Satsuki Ichikawa is a freelance photographer based in Japan/Korea. She specialises in portraiture and landscapes and has exhibited widely in Japan receiving a Mitsubishi Kodak award in 2004.

http://ichikawasatsuki.com

FB: satsukiichikawa.photography

Twitter: @ichikawasatsuki

 

 

This work was curated by Rachel Carvosso.

See the first work in this series here and the second work in this series here.

This image is copyrighted by the artist and used here by permission.

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