In 2019, the world as we knew it was upended, making it impossible not to notice and confront each “Setsuna”(1) in life. Yet the changes seem only to affect humans– other animals and plants going on with their lives as if nothing happened. While it brings in me a sense of envy, I also cannot help the admiration I feel. I therefore started to create a series of watercolor paintings, paying homage to those who live on quietly. 

 

The artworks in the series begin with Ernst Haeckel (2)'s biological sketches of “Art Forms of Nature“. I add the natural element– water– onto his detailed sketches, showing the simplicity and beauty of life in nature.
 

From June of 2021, I have been visiting Lung Fu Shan every week in person for my creation. I continuously let water change the sketches I created, as well as the pictures the Centre provided on the flora and fauna of Lung Fu Shan. Now the series has developed to around 500 pieces.
 

If it were not for the site visits and creation, the art work “こもれび   Komorebi”  (the sunlight filtering through the trees) could not have grown to the way it is today.

 

Sunlight sprinkles down the path on the hill, the shadows on the floor drawing my eyes to them.

The "Komorebi" projected on the ground is all round shaped–like the Sun, unaffected by the shape of the gaps between the leaves. I only learned later that this is the same principle as a pinhole camera (natural pinhole phenomenon)(3).

 

Through water–watercolor and ink–I record on paper the interaction of trees, wind, sunlight, time and the environment, as well as the Sun’s passage of moving 15 degrees every hour. My choice of colour is purely instinctual. This whole creation process is weaved by infinite “Setsunas”. I also learned “Komorebi” is a phrase unique in Japanese, a direct or even close description of the image not to be found in any other language.

 

Living in this perpetually changing world, I am proud to be able to express my philosophy of creation– “Setsuna”. I am also grateful for this world, for these purifying experiences. 


I truly hope that my series of artworks,“こもれび   Komorebi”, will leave an imprint on all of your hearts. 

Notes:

  1. “Setsuna” is the Japanese pronunciation of “ksana”. The Sanskrit word “ksana” originated from Buddhism, measuring an extremely miniscule unit of time (one ksana equals approximately 0.013 seconds). The phrase “birth and death within a “ksana” means that the life and death of our thoughts and all beings in the world is only within a single ksana. 

 

  1. Ernst Haeckel (1834 - 1919) was a German zoologist, marine biologist, naturalist, philosopher, physician, professor and artist. He mapped a genealogical tree connecting all life forms, published the Recapitulation Theory, hypothesising that the development of the embryo of an animal, from fertilisation to gestation or hatching, resembles that of phylogeny, the successive adult stages in the evolution of the animal’s remote ancestors. Even though his hypothesis was later overturned, Haeckel’s work influenced the Art Nouveau style in the early 20th Century. His creation of a total of 100 detailed, multi-colour illustrations of animals, was published in 1904 as Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms of Nature).

 

  1. The refracted light rays pass through the pinhole to form an inverted image on the imaging plane. The cameras we use now function on the same principle. (See picture on the right)

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AYUMI ADACHI 

Solo Exhibition

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About the Artist

AYUMI ADACHI was born in Hyogo, Japan in 1972. She graduated from the Osaka University of Art in 1994 with a major in painting. Ayumi has been living and creating in Hong Kong since 1996. 

 

Inspired by the concept of the axis of time, as well as the life cycle of nature and humans, she creates mostly paintings and large-scale installations. Her installation works use low-technology materials for site and time specific art. Her two-dimensional works include paintings that utilise integrated materials (e.g. mirror) and unique techniques combining painting and sculpting.


She has had several solo and group exhibitions in Hyogo, Osaka, Tokyo, Kyoto, Niigata, Gunma and Kanagawa in Japan, and Vietnam, France, India, Portugal, Bulgaria, Macau, Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong. Her artworks have also been exhibited at international art fairs since 2010. Her works are also in permanent collections of venues like the Four Seasons Hotel (HK), Shangri-la Hotel (Tokyo, Guangzhou, Tianjin) and Sheraton Hotel (China).

In 2021, she was one of the 24 artists selected for the 24th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art.

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Exhibition Date/ until 17 July, 2022 (Sun)
Location/ Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre


Free admission

Production Team

 

Organised by/ Lung Fu Shan Environmental Education Centre 

Artist/ Ayumi Adachi

Curation and Project Management/ Helen Lo, Angela Chan

Graphic Design/ Matthew Kwan

Editors and Translators/ Joanne Cheng, Angela Chan, Jolie Lam

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