Saturday, April 9, 2016

Silk Scrolls - Ricefields

This original silk scroll was inspired by one of the typical sceneries you can find in southeast Asia - rice farmers harvesting their crops. While we as Westerners find those landscapes simply beautiful, especially when the rice is ripe and turns into that golden colour, we often forget that the rice farmers in those countries belong to the poorest people who have no eye for the beauty but rather fight for their pure survival. These are the different perceptions in our lives.

Ricefields is an abstracted image of these landscapes and the embroidered red triangles represent the farmers with their typical wide straw hats. The patterns of the rice crops have been created with dye paint resists in several layers just similar to the batik techniques only that instead of wax a water soluble gel has been used. The decent use of metallic pigments was only for highlighting the rice crop patterns.

53" x 27"
silk scroll 

 Here are some details where you can see the painting technique....

I also added an image below for you to see how this scroll could be mounted on a stretcher frame and then framed with an additional frame if you rather not hang it on dowels....


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