Exhibition of washi paper works held in Kagoshima – Combining the worlds of art and photography

PUBLISHED Jun 7, 2021

The creation process

The exhibition of washi paper artworks titled “Watashitachi – 和た紙たち” by four artists, Sakuramochi, Kotou Nozomi, Arimura Satoshi, and kagineko, opened on June 7 at Gallery POLANNCA in Meizancho, Kagoshima City.

The four artists had known each other and had an opportunity to be photographed together last August. They formed friendships since then and started discussing how they would like to exhibit something together. Sakuramochi and Arimura Satoshi had been using Japanese washi paper to create their artworks, which led them to hold this washi-themed exhibition. The exhibition showcases about 20 artworks, including photographs and illustrations featuring washi paper and works combining photographs and illustrations. There is also an exhibition sale of postcards.

Washi paper absorbs and bleeds paints or inks differently from ordinary paper. The four artists worked on mixing colors and creating artworks, considering the characteristics of washi paper. Arimura recalls, “Each one was a challenge, but the whole process was fun, and I felt a sense of accomplishment when I got it right.”

“I wondered if it would be possible to print photos or paint pictures on washi paper, but I took the plunge and gave it a go. We hope that visitors will be able to see and feel how the worlds of art and photography are fused and expressed through washi paper, as well as the warm texture of washi,” he added.

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Free admission. The exhibition will run until 13th of this month.

  • One of the works exhibited at the Art & Photo Exhibition: Watashitachi

  • One of the works exhibited at the Art & Photo Exhibition: Watashitachi