Participation from the 27th of July till September 2015
“Due to all the stories I heard from various people in the Netherlands, as a professional I became more serious about creating my paintings”
Yoshimi Miyamoto is a painter from Kyoto, who works with a special technique, that makes her paintings look like beautiful black and white photographs. During her stay in Amsterdam, Miyamoto explored “the Dutch light”. Light, not only in the meaning of a natural phenomenon, but also in relation to the senses and her encounters with the Dutch culture. She mentioned her respect for the Dutch master Rembrandt and his way of expressing “the light”. She hopes by being in the same environment as him, to discover something about her own pictures, and likewise about how to look at the source of “the light”. However due to her many trips to several museums, Yoshimi witnessed western contemporary art and felt that pursuing this direction was more important for her to develop her art even though this was different from her original purpose.
For Miyamoto to truly experience “the Dutch light”, Deshima AIR took her to several Dutch museum’s and expositions. She went for instance to the Panorama Mesdag in The Hague, where she not only saw beautiful paintings, but also the Dutch sea. Miyamoto also went to the Rembrandt House and the Kröller Müller museum where she gained many new unique inspirations for her work.
“For my artist book ‘the axe’ I asked Yoshimi to write a haiku in calligraphy and we discussed about the right English translation of this poem. She enjoyed to do this for me, but she also felt a bit nervous about the act of calligraphy, which she hasn’t practiced for quite some years. The result is beautiful.”
Lies Verdenius – graficus