Upstairs 22 Presents, 'Nourishing Encounters'. Come along to our opening event on the 18th of October from 6pm-9pm and feed your being with these amazing art expressions of harmony.
Main Gallery: The instant <<O>> - Mushin
Mushin is the precise moment when time dissolves and one is absorbed in the presence of the now.
Artists: Junko Azukawa, Minyu XU and Cathleen Gay
"Japanese ink art is an art of minimalism, a reflection of the moment. I create the ink for my expression through the steady repetitive rubbing of an ink stick on the ink stone and the grinding continues until everything of myself is ready for painting. The brush marks created in this moment are simply free and alive. Through my lifelong study of traditional calligraphy and ink painting, I have found peace and appreciation deep within and love sharing with my audience the intimate relationship between mother nature and human nature through my brush."
“These ink drawings are my impressions of living on the bush land of Mt. Alexander Shire. I love the change of smell, light and color through the seasons, and to translate them into my own creation through contemplation. My works depict the harmony of nature, the communions of all living and non-living, of the oneness and the wholeness of the world of nature. I invite the audience to walk through each of them, with a quiet heart, to hear the songs of these communions, to experience peace and love, and the eternal silence…”
Imaginary "With imaginary, I let people play with their own imagination.
I love to work with inks. It is ethereal and magic at the same time, always contributing to an element of surprise or something that cannot be fully controlled.
Inks allow me to freely express emotions and sensations lived at a precise moment."
Gallery Bar: Jewels In the Wilderness
"There are jewels of knowledge and wisdom everywhere out there, in here, inside us and in others. Sometimes when I search really hard for them in the murkiness they elude me. But in the quiet, the calm, when I step back and observe, when I stop the search and let go, the hints and clues are abundant. They rise up out of the wilderness, offering nourishment, peace and way to be in the present."
Gallery Hall: From a Distance - Scenes from the back roads of the Shire.
Throughout my life I have been an avid traveller. Initially, I chose as subjects for my paintings scenes from my travels outside Australia, drawing on my cosmopolitan European heritage, as expressed in the built environment of cities, towns and villages. Subsequently in Australia I have focused more on the landscapes of my home. The paintings reflect some of the cultural spiritual and experiential influences that have shaped my life. The journey continues.