In Light of Recent Events
Woodblock prints of everyday life in feudal-era Japan are so hot right now! Australia has hosted a few Edo-period exhibitions recently, many in the ukiyo-e style, depicting folk as they toil, relax and journey into the wilds. And the artwork has prompted me to ask: what meaningful activities fill our lives, and how would I render contemporary Australia’s own “floating world”?
1. Commuters looking into their phones.
3. Tradies looking into their phones.
2. Someone in a cafe looking at herself look back at herself in her phone.
4. A family camping trip, with everyone on their devices. (Apologies to Andō Hiroshige, Tōshūsai Sharaku and Katsushika Hokusai.)