OV PROJECT - BRUSSELS
CURATED BY OLIVIER VRANKENNE
Marie Hazard + Japanese Bamboo Art
05.09 — 19.10.2019
" Marie Hazard weaves. Weaving is by nature an act of civilization, an act repeated since the beginning of time. Marie manages to project this ancient and codified tradition into works of the most contemporary, playing with freely of materials and techniques. Marie Hazard resonates the woven fiber, the drawing and the painting. The voids thus created in the nets of Marie are the witnesses of this collective amnesia. By adding pieces of tissue that she selects, symbols of fragments of memory, Marie tries to reinvent her own story, another story.» Thierry Forien
Marie Hazard born in 1994. She lives and works in Paris.
Japanese Bamboo Art
Bamboo combines lightness, strength, and flexibility with natural beauty. In Japan, it is used to make buildings, rope, fences, furniture, animal traps, arrows, fishing rods, farming tools, kitchen implements, musical instruments, religious articles, cloth, paper, baskets, boxes and, of course, art.
The Japanese people have been making baskets out of bamboo for thousands of years; however, it was the flowering of tea ceremony in Japanese culture after the 15th century that led to a demand for finely made bamboo tea articles and elaborate Chinese-style flower arranging vessels. A pool of talented bamboo artisans developed to meet this demand.
The mid-19th century saw the first appearance of ambitious, artist-signed baskets and the development of an original Japanese style. These early bamboo artists excelled at both traditional formal Chinese-style baskets and the wabi-sabi Japanese aesthetic, which embraces imperfection, simplicity and irregularity. This period established the technical and philosophical standards for bamboo artists to come.
Bamboo is an incredibly expressive and demanding medium. It takes an artist many years to acquire the basic skills and techniques of harvesting, processing, splitting, dyeing, weaving, bending and knotting. Mastery is a life-long process.
The 20th century saw the development of radical new ideas about what a bamboo basket could be. The first completely sculptural bamboo works emerged in the postwar period. Today’s bamboo artists continue to expand and refine these traditions with the understanding that the artist’s creative vision, whether expressed through a sculptural form or a functional vessel, is as important as their technical mastery.