Good ink­ing from Ja­pan

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

TAT­TOOS are an ac­cepted and much sought-after part of to­day’s fash­ion cul­ture.

How­ever, while the pop­u­lar­ity of ink has grown in re­cent years, tat­too­ing has had an im­por­tant role in Ja­panese cul­ture for cen­turies.

The beauty of Ja­panese body art will be on dis­play for all to see with a new ex­hi­bi­tion be­tween Gallery East and Ki­dogo Art­house called Tat­toos and Beau­ti­ful Women.

The ex­hi­bi­tion brings to­gether artists Amanda Shelsher and Paul Bin­nie, with the lat­ter’s A Hun­dredShades­ofInkofEdo wood­block prints us­ing de­signs from fa­mous Ja­panese artists to the nude fig­ures of to­day.

Shelsher, of Floreat, said her stoneware and porce­lain fig­ures al­lowed her to ex­plore do­mes­tic­ity, home and her ex­pe­ri­ences of moth­er­hood through nat­u­ral­world mo­tifs.

Gallery East’s David For­rest said they had more than 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence ex­hibit­ing Ja­panese prints and link­ing them to the world of con­tem­po­rary art.

“Tat­toos and Beau­ti­ful Women ex­plores the visual splen­dour of fe­male beauty and tat­too­ing in Ja­pan, which car­ried the art into 21st cen­tury tat­too shops all over the world and cre­ated the present- day fash­ion state­ment,” he said.

The show is at Ki­dogo Art­house, Fre­man­tle, un­til Oc­to­ber 19.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d426300

Amanda Shelsher with a ce­ramic sculp­ture.

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