Japanese Woodblock Prints known as Ukiyo-e (Pictures from the Floating World) focus on courtesans, heroes and actors, and were made for, and enjoyed by, the urban masses. This graphically effective art form continued on for 300 years from 1615-1912.
After 1853, when Japan began to open its doors to the outside world, Japonisme, a term coined by a French art critic in 1872, took hold. This resulted in a great deal of enthusiasm for all things Japanese. Ultimately Japanese concepts of art and design were incorporated into Western sensibilities. On the other hand, the Japanese became fascinated by the foreign and exotic, leading to a cross-fertilisation of cultural mores. My series of works follow this path. The clothing worn, and the body posture of the women portrayed in the Ukiyo-e prints, are of particular interest to me, as are the patterns on the kimono. This clothing, the way it sits on the body, rather than the body itself, is the starting point for my original drawings. The use of mirror-imaging is also of interest to me.