Sakai Doitsu

Sakai Doitsu

Motoko Maio, (b. 1948)

Ode to Rinpa: Pine and Bridge

pair of six panel folding screens; gold, tin, persimmon juice and sumi ink on paper, 2008

each screen approximately 17 1/2 by 60 5/8 in., 44.5 by 154 cm

This pair of double-sided six-panel screens were created by the artist in deliberate homage to the Rinpa decorative style. This tribute was inspired by a frequent observation by curators and collectors that much of Maio's work appears to relate to the Rinpa school, although this association did not initially resonate with Maio, she was eventually inspired to respond to it.

In exaggerated abstraction, Maio employs a Rinpa stylization of pine trees on a lavish gold ground with bolts of braches crisscrossing and connecting the two screens. The magnification of the tree trunks are powerfully evocative of the masterpiece by Ogata Korin (1658-1716), Red and White Plums in the collection of the MOA Museum of Art in Atami. The reverse of the screens are decorated with an elongated arch of a bridge of flat silver (tin) bands on a deep black ground. The zig-zag of the silver bands folding over each panel subtly suggests the zig-zag of another of Korin's iconic works- the pair of six-panel screens, Irises at Yatsuhashi (Yatsuhashi), in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and currently on view in the exhibition, Designing Nature: The Rinpa Aesthetic in Japanese Art.

By referencing (arguably) two of the most famous and beloved images of the Rinpa school (which have been copied by several subsequent Rinpa masters), Maio directly address the Rinpa tradition with her uniquely contemporary interpretation.

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