Keiji Onihira

Twelve-sided Makie Box "Soaring Aurora"

  • Lacquerware
  • Presented in 2022
  • H 12.2 x W 27.2 x D 27.2 cm
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The beginning of this piece was the image of an aurora painting the sky.
I tried to express an "aurora breakup" where the aurora shines and moves as if it exploded.
I drew trees lit up by the aurora on the sides.
I did not prepare a detailed design beforehand and created this piece spontaneously to express the realistic sensations.

"Soaring" has a meaning of gods and spirits flying in the sky.
There is a saying among the original inhabitants of North America that people can talk to the dead at a night when there is an aurora in the sky.

Category Lacquerware
Year Presented 2022
Dimensions H 12.2 x W 27.2 x D 27.2 cm
Materials silver, pigments, dry lacquer (partially wood based)
Exhibition The 39th Lacquerware Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
Artist Signature Signature on box and piece
Notes Comes with box

Keiji Onihira

photo Keiji Onihira

I create my artwork with lacquer, gold, powder, mother-of-pearl, using various makie techniques. Many new types of lacquer and pigments are being developed these days. I try to use these new materials and techniques within the traditional artwork, as I believe this will create a new tradition. With traditional lacquerware at the base, I want to try various motifs and themes to produce artwork that create a special little world or atmosphere.