Makiko Ryujin

Makiko Ryujin — Large 'Shinki' Sculpture


Makiko Ryujin’s Shinki (Burning Series) vessels draw on her Japanese heritage. The artist carefully turns the wood on a lathe to create high-sided bowls, urns and platters based on the forms of sacred Japanese temple vessels. During the long air drying process the forms begin to shift as the green wood loses moisture. The final dramatic transformation takes place as the timber chars and splits during the unpredictable burning process.

Ryujin’s works are informed by the cultural ceremony of burning traditional sacred ornamental vessels, a ritual she observed as a child. In Japanese the character ‘Shin’ represents God and ‘Ki’ translates as ‘vessel’. The ceremony is rich in symbolism and is undertaken to mark both an end and a beginning; a demarcation of time that allows new plans to be reborn.

Originally trained in photography, Ryujin’s vessels display her talent for creating exquisite forms and compositions. Her innovative approach to blending contemporary woodworking techniques with ancient cultural practices create significant pieces which are marked with a deep character and transcendent elegance.

Materials: wood, timber oil

Dimensions: approx. 30cm x 50cm 

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