|Chiyoko Tanaka, Brown #602 grinded hand woven fabric 1989|
|Chiyoko Tanaka, Blue RF #601 grinded fabric rubbed with white stone 1989|
"For me the act of weaving, as the weft threads accumulate one by one, is a representation of time passing away..... Placing the fabric on the ground, I trace out the ground texture and grind out the surface of the fabric. .. The true past tense of the verb to grind, "ground" , also implies the earth, which is used to embed, erode and emboss its own surface into my work." Chiyoko Tanaka
|Chiyoko Tanaka, mud dyed cloth, poppy seed oil Permeated fabric 1983|
"I enjoy the sense of addition from a new dimension: on one plane you already have the criss-crossing of the fibres, and now, from above, a new element gently descends and starts spreading outwards from its centre. For me, this is a symbol of gravity: energy toward the centre of the earth." Chiyoko Tanaka
All images and quotations here are from Art Textiles of the World Japan
There's a new post about Chiyoko Tanaka on modernist aesthetic.
I'm still thinking about weaving and the connections that cloth has to human mortality.