20" x 24” | 51 cm x 61 cm | $650 CAD
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This piece depicts two Japanese girls in Shirakawa-Go, a remote mountain village that is famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. Gassho-zukuri means “constructed like hands in prayer”, as the farmhouses’ steep thatched roofs, which are constructed completely without nails, resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The main pillars that hold up the home are placed on big boulders. Craftsmen will hand chisel the bottom of each pillar so perfectly fits onto its boulder. Because of the way these houses are constructed they can be completely taken apart and moved to a new location.
When the roof of one of the houses in the village needs to be replaced all the villagers will come together to re-thatch it, this is called “Yui”. “Yui” stands for supporting each other in Japanese, it describes the bond between the villagers. I was very inspired by my visit to this little town.
This mixed media painting on wood is created using a combination of image transfer and acrylic paints and mediums. The artwork comes with a wire on the back for hanging, it is signed on the front and has title, date, artist name and a signed certificate of authenticity from the artist on the back.
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