Thursday 9 June 2011

Introduction to Ikebana 3

Introduction: I'll post Introduction for this blog sometime soon.

While abstract sculpture became popular in the Western art in the 20th century, Ikebana has been an abstract art since its beginning 500 years ago. This aspect of Ikebana may seem small, but its significance should not be ignored.

Deeply indebted to Japanese aesthetics, religion, history and society, Ikebana truly represents a Japanese traditional art.

However, Ikebana does not seem to be receiving the recognition it deserves. Probably because there are so many Ikebana artists in Japan, it may have lost its uniqueness. Ikebana has become decorative commodities rather than an art form with rich history and sophisticated theories. 

In this work I used cross bars to fix flowers. The opening of the container was divided in to four spaces, with each different size. Using only two spaces, various background materials were inserted. Notice their soft textures and light colours, which work nicely with the pink colour of the main flower, oriental lily.