Riya “Trick Ster”

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When we think of the craft of “kiri-e” paper cut outs, we may often consider the Japanese tradition of this craft, filled with a certain delicate sensibility which developed from shadow pictures. However the kiri-e of Riga contains a somewhat different sense, with a particularly soulful, graphic, pop-like appeal, influenced by the tribes of central/southern America. The common motifs of people and animals are combined with images of waves, clouds, fire and stars, drawing out the beauty of nature in a reverent dialogue which functions to remind us of a spiritual side of life. In this touring exhibition which was presented in Osaka in Autumn last year, Riya depicts the people and animals who appear as symbols of disorder in myths, with coyotes, rabbits and ravens representing a particular kind of curiosity.

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from February 14, 2014 to February 26, 2014

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