Tomomi Ono -Recent Works-
by Tomomi Ono
April 23, 2005 - July 27, 2005
Artist(s): Tomomi Ono
The theme of my artwork is "life existence" and its inherent transience. The motif that I use, seeds – eggs – stars which float in empty space represent symbols of life. Sometimes they are drifting in the air and at other times sinking or piled into a dark space. They are in a moment of life, belonging to the order of nature.
In recent years, my work has evolved into intuitive and abstract imagery which expresses metaphorically the fertilization, embryo, womb and new born star. While I create my work, I always ask myself about the meaning of the existence of life. I don't have an answer but by thinking of it, I feel that I am part of the universe and ever expanding life. My recent focus is to express the huge energy of life force generating from small seeds.
I love to work with organic material like limestone, wood, rice paper, rabbit skin glue, etc. I like the delicate effect that it creates. Lithography often looks like a pencil or wash drawing but if you take a close look, it shows the surface of the stone. All of this makes me feel like I am collaborating with nature. Creation is a dialogue between myself and nature. I also enjoy the entire process of lithography which involves a lot of physical labor. It is like meditation.
Additionally, printmaking is the type of art that you need to look at slowly and carefully as if you are observing a small creature, because its delicacy and beauty is not easy to appreciate at a glance.
Image: seed-to the earth, lithograph, 7 1/4" (H) x 7 1/2" (W)