Wasure-Gai -Onnade calligraphy – Okashi is a serie of inkdrawings, handmade paintbrushes and a video inspired by japanese handwriting.
Wasure-Gai – Onnade Calligraphy – Okashi
Video for Harri Suilamo´s compose Wasure-Gai – Onnade calligraphy
total length 12 min.
Wasure-gai means “a shell of forgetfulness”
There were several variations of calligraphy in existence at the time when the Japanese form began to break free of its Chinese heritage. Onnade calligraphy is writing “in a female hand” that was used for poems and journals, and represented refinement and poetic beauty. Its soft, freely formed signs could even lose their symbolic identity, whereupon they became pure art and aesthetics, in contrast with the “male hand” (otokode) that was used for official writing, using Chinese signs and straightforward angularity.
Though related to the modern word okashii, meaning ”strange” or ”weird,” the classical term okashi referred to things which were cute, delightful, or amusing. The term is used extensively, in particular, by Sei Shônagon in her Pillow Book (Makura no sôshi).
2018 Surfaces -Spaces, Palazzo Ca´ Zanardi, Venice Italy
2016 Okashi, Galleri Zebra, Karis
2016 Turku artist´s association´s 92. annual exhibition, Brinkkala gallery, Turku
2016 Motion Art, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, Colorado
2015 Motion Art, Richard Eversley, Kendra Fleischman, Lotta-Pia Kallio, Heidi Eversley, Electronic Art Gallery, Colorado State University, Department of Art and Art History
2015 Wasure-Gai, Kaariholvi Gallery, Wiurila mansion, Salo (Sketch of the video)