Asanoha is a Japanese geometric pattern, a hexagonal abstraction of the ‘Asa’ plant’s leaves. The plant has been used since the Neolithic era, most commonly for the creation of fabrics and in religious ceremony. This pattern is one of the most famous in traditional Japanese fabrics. The wives of merchants would wear it, to bring good fortune to the wearer. This was one of the first Divine Lights pieces and was meant as a homage to the history of the pattern as well as its meaning. A lightly finished wood surface was chosen due to an interest in the value of traditional Japanese craft, handmade woodworking, and natural materials. Fittingly, Asanoha is currently at an integrative cancer wellness centre in Vancouver, Canada.
Content : Traditional Pigments
For centuries, human’s ability to recreate colour has hinged on using elements of the natural world to create pigments. In the modern era, we’ve produced technology to create and manipulate more colours than we can physically perceive. We’re able to look beyond our world to see colours in ways we hadn’t considered mixing in ways we couldn’t conceive. We use computer measurements to manipulate those colours and see the universe in new light.
The first piece of content made for this piece is based on a generated spectrum of traditional Japanese pigments. Each was selected and tuned to integrate seamlessly with the technology behind it. These colours gently fade into one another, leaving only the feeling of colour to be observed.
Edition 1 : 2015 – Baltic Birch, Screen, Media Player – 56cm W x 82 cm H – in private collection