‘Hibaku-Jumoku - in search of Hiroshima’s ‘Survivor Trees’ - 24-28 October 2018 - Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan.
This exhibition featured a selection of new works inspired by the trees that survived the atomic bomb in 1945 - the Hibaku-Jumoku.
An initial research trip was made to Hiroshima, visiting key sites and meeting with ‘Green Legacy Hiroshima’ (GLH) who kindly donated natural materials from the trees to the project. I also made a series of camera obscura photographs at ‘ground zero’ by the Genbaku Dome.
This was followed by a residency at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (SCCP), where, surrounded by the beautiful wooded mountains of Shiga Prefecture a new body of work was conceived.
A central part of the production process involved my first wood firing using a traditional Japanese ‘Ittekoi’ kiln.
The final exhibition comprised of a selection of wood and electric fired ceramics and other sculptural works, and was held at the gallery at SCCP in the final week of October 2018.
I will be forever grateful to all the staff and resident artists at SSCP who helped me realise this project and Nassrine Azimi and Kenta Matsuoka at GLH for their support and kindness.