Shadow of Light Installation by Hiroko Matsushita

Shadow of Light by Hiroko Matsushita

Hiroko Matsushita is a talented visual artist and illustrator from Tokyo, Japan whose focus is predominantly with paper. Her practice explores the boundaries between 2D and 3D, crossing several realms such as craft, illustration and art. Since 2009 she has been fascinated by the malleable nature of paper such as folding, cut outs and layering in terms of transformation of flat sheets of paper into figures. Lately, her interests have been extending to light and shadow and see through paper cut, as you can see in this installation Shadow of Light. Be sure to check out the video below!

Shadow of Light by Hiroko Matsushita

“The paper used for Shoji conceals the scenery outside, but it does not cut off the outer atmosphere. Even though you are in the room, you still can feel the clouds drifting through the sun light or feel the breeze running through a garden. Veiling these images within thin paper stretches our sense.” Hiroshi Sugimoto “Sense of Space” (2011) p.127, Translated by Hiroko Matsushita

Shadow of Light by Hiroko Matsushita

“Paper making by hand involves long and complex processes. Every single element is important as well as the quality of the material and the water. Thus, my first impression working with this paper is very delicate and organic. Inspired by the beauty of paper making and also by fragments that caught my eyes, for example the surface of cold water, the reflection of light, the floating fiber and the seasonal change. My intention with this piece is that the audience can appreciate the beauty of a hand crafted work and also experience something intangible, such as a quiet atmosphere or a passage of time.” – Hiroko Matsushita

Shadow of Light by Hiroko Matsushita

Mino Washi has both softness and strength, for these reasons it allowed him to develop work by cutting intricate designs. The light weight paper creates subtle tones reminiscent to haze and has a sense of depth. The soft light floating through the cut shapes creates various shadows.

via Submission
All images courtesy of Hiroko Matsushita

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