- Museum number
- Object: Kanshoku no hyori - ju 感触の表裏#10 (Surface Tactility #10)
Sculpture of abstract, bulbous form. Made in dry lacquer (kanshitsu) technique, from layers of hemp tricot soaked in lacquer, laid over polystyrene spheres.
- Production date
Diameter: 25 centimetres
Height: 30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Ishizuka Genta employs the ancient coating material lacquer as a sculptural medium. In Surface Tactility #10, inspired by the everyday sight of a bag of oranges, he forms his sculptures by stretching nets over lightweight spheres and then applying layers of hemp soaked in lacquer. This is known as the 'dry lacquer' (kanshitsu) technique (resembling papier-mâché), used in Buddhist sculptures particularly during the 7th and 8th centuries and offering freedom to experiment with novel forms. After each layer has hardened, it is polished with whetstones and charcoals to ensure the surface remains perfectly smooth. The work is finished with several applications of pure lacquer. Works in the series Surface Tactility have a variety of colours, with the proposed work exhibiting red and black tones, the mottled effect being achieved by partially polishing through the layer after hardening.
Ishizuka studied at Kyoto City University of Arts and spent time at the Royal College of Art in London. His efforts to develop the lacquer craft were recognized in 2019 when he received the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize.
The Museum has a strong representation of early modern lacquer (17th to 19th centuries) and three examples of contemporary lacquer practice in traditional styles. However, Ishizuka's work is a bold departure from traditional practice in its expressive qualities and presents a starkly different approach to lacquer.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- 30 June 2022
- Registration number