Shodo, or "The Way of Writing”, is the ancient Japanese form of calligraphy. Like many calligraphic styles, shodo in its simplest understanding is the art of beautiful, artistic writing. But it also captures the intrinsic Japanese spirit and aesthetic of wabi sabi, as the works of art transfer simple, graceful harmony and beauty onto paper. Each line is infused with wisdom that lasts beyond that creation of the words themselves.
In her work, RIHAKU strives to respect the origins of Japanese calligraphy while simultaneously aiming to create a new style of art using materials beyond the traditional. In doing so, she wants hopes to make Japanese calligraphy as expressive as film or music, emotionally resonating with and simulating the senses of people around the world, even those with no knowledge of the Japanese language.
This exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from June 1 until June 28 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.