"AYA ONODERA - VEIN (JAPANESE PAINTINGS) "
Ausstellung in Berlin : "AYA ONODERA - VEIN (JAPANESE PAINTINGS) "
Zeitraum: 21.05.2011 bis 06.11.2011
Aya Onodera - Vein
21.05. - 11.06.2011
Vernissage: Saturday, 21st May (7pm)
Finissage: Saturday, 11th June
Japanese SALON event: Saturday, 28th May
VEIN, an exhibition by Aya Onodera, expresses how incidents of the everyday can take on the quality of a dream and shape the world around us. Inspired by a moment from her own childhood in Japan, Onodera imbues the everyday with a sense of otherworldliness, and conveys a sense of the way in which we shape our own reality through myth.
The word ‘vein' has multiple meanings. It can be the vessel that carries blood through the body, the thin vein in a leaf, or a seam of gold in the earth. Yet in each form it sustains life in both man and nature, and is its essence.
Walking in the Japanese mountains as a child, Aya encountered a stag. At first she was afraid, but there was something of the holy about it that put Aya at her ease, and took her fear away. In Japan it is said that stags are the messengers of God, and though Aya is not religious, she experienced a strange but beautiful moment, standing in front of the stag in the mountains. She had not thought of this encounter for a long time when, last November, Aya dreamt of this stag. It was as he was conveying a message to her, and, through a hidden vein, it found its way into her paintings.
A Japanese Artist
Born in Kesennuma, in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, Aya Onodera studied oil painting at Joshibi Junior College of Art and Design in Tokyo. After completing her B.A. in 2005, she moved to Germany, where she has lived in both Leipzig and Berlin. A graduate student at the University of the Arts in Berlin since 2007, she has studied painting under the tutelage of both Professor Frank Badar and Professor Burkhard Held.
Onodera's childhood was shaped by an awareness of how dreams form and reflect everyday reality. Renowned for its connection to shamanism, Kesennuma is home to many Itako: blind female shamans who follow traditional shamanistic practices. What others might consider myth, or dream, formed the fabric of Onodera's earliest childhood experiences.
After the sudden death of her grandmother, a shaman came to tell Onodera's family that she had heard the voice of her grandmother, and that this voice had something important to impart to them. It seemed that, though the shaman was blind, she was able to see things that others around her were not able to perceive. This personal experience of the shamanic has continued to shape Onodera's artistic vision, inspiring her exploration of the themes of myth and nature, and how a dream can inspire reality.
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