Mt. Amano Kaguyama, Kirikane glass
Yamamoto Akane b.1977

Kirikane  is   a   Japanese  decorative  technique  originally  used  for Buddhist   paintings   and   wooden  statues ,  imported  from  China during  the  6th  century  of  the  Northern  Qi Dynasty  (550-577) .  It employs gold or silver foil cut into hairline strips or minute triangular or  square  pieces  to  be  affixed  with  glue  onto  the  surface to be decorated.  The  technique  known  as  gold  glass  or gold sandwich glass  is  found  in  Hellenistic  Greece  of  around  3rd  century  B C . Yamamoto developed further this gold glass technique into her own, affixing  kirikane  onto  the  glass  surface, welding and polishing the surface so that the glass and the kirikane decoration got completely fused into a single entity.

The  subtle  lines  of  kirikane  decoration  applied  in l ayers  appear floating  in  the  space  against light coming through transparency of the  glass  and  its  beauty  achieved beyond the extreme limit of the material is highly evocative and surreal.

w66×d9.5×h18.0 cm
2017

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