David Krut Projects Cape Town (DKCT) are about to present Asuka Nirasawa’s residency showcase MULTIFINITY, a series of mixed media work on paper and canvas, and an installation piece created during a month long residency at DKCT. The exhibition will run from May 30 to June 30 at the Montebello Design Centre (MDC) in Newlands.
In August 2016 whilst in residency at the BAG Factory in Fordsburg, Johannesburg, Nirasawa began working with Southern and East African textiles such as Shwe-shwe, Kanga and Kitenge in her artistic practice. Nirasawa was inspired by the vivid colour compositions in many of the textiles she explored and the contrast between the straight lines and areas of what the she phrases as, “quiet immobility”.
Through using fabric in artistic production, Nirasawa has the ability to “reflect diversity within culture”, with the name Shwe-Shwe being derived from that of King Moeshoeshoe I of Lesotho. Nirasawa is creating what she terms a chaotic universe, which represents the “adoration of life and death within an aspirational dream scene of the universe she seeks.” This concept is particularly inspired by living in India for a year. The artist reflects on this experience, articulating that “the great weight of five thousand years of history showed me human dignity, spellbinding beauty, religion and poverty.”
These are issues that she found to be surprisingly universal. Nirasawa has created this concept through the use of circular shapes. For the artist, the use of multiple circles acts as a metaphor for the universe, cells and eternal life. They also inspire the cycle of life and death that arises from the notion of reincarnation, in which after death the cycle of life repeats.
Added to her use of circular fabric collages, Nirasawa meticulously applies circular dots onto the surface of her creations resulting in a series of organic domes, adding to the circular metaphor. It is through these circular fabric collages and installation created in her residency that Nirasawa constructed this ‘chaotic universe’, evolving into an eternity of repetitive cells.
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