Alongside her debut solo UK exhibition at Japan House Gallery, Japanese artist Setsuko Ono will give a talk at the foundation on the 23rd February, 6pm. Ono will discuss the concepts behind her paintings, sculptures, and her two public sculptures in Japan, Ocean and Dreams. The outdoor sculptures are located at Hara Museum, Tokyo, and can be viewed in the exhibition through virtual reality goggles. Ono will also discuss her progression into steel working, which she took up in 1995, and the techniques she uses – making spontaneous sculptures, drawing directly onto the metal without a blueprint or a plan.
Ono creates steel sculptures characterised by their cut-out shapes, forming open and closed figures and designs. The cut-out silhouettes are bent in an animated way, while the cut-out negatives let sunlight and views of nature through, so the sculptures integrate and melt into the surrounding environment.
The exhibition will also include mixed media paintings that reflect the artist’s interest in international politics, illustrating Ono’s emotional responses to war and migration throughout history, from the Spanish Civil War from 1936 to 1939, to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 and the European migrant crisis.
Ono’s exhibition at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation will be followed by a show at Asia House in March 2018.
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At the event, the artist will sign catalogues.