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Stream - Shoko Taruma | exhibition and workshops |

13th February 2020 to 01st March 2020

The Muse Gallery proudly presents

Shoko Taruma

Opening Night: Thursday, 13th February, 6.30-9.00pm
13th February -1st March 2020



‘Stream’ has two meanings to me, the flow of history and the fluidity of lacquer.  
 Shoko Taruma – Artist
The work is deep black, transformed by light irradiation. Analogous forms that mirror the ever-changing flow of history, through curved surfaces of black Japanese lacquer.
Japanese lacquer is a natural paint, a medium 12600 years old. It was traditionally used for tools and vessels of daily life, the decorations of magnificence, pride and power; and in religion, (most notably) for the statues of Buddha. 
Since ancient times, the Japanese sense of beauty has been aligned with the principles of nature and the perception of beauty found in ‘darkness’. Low ambient light of Japanese houses engendered mediums with highly reflective surfaces, the mediums of objects that retained their form in the half-light. 
These objects held light, colour and their reflective surfaces, a sense of beauty called In Praise of Shadows.’ by Jun’ichir? Tanizaki. Having travelled extensively around Kyoto Shoko Taruma presents a new exhibition of contemporary art that celebrates the principle of ‘shadow’ and the flow of the medium. 

Shoko TARUMA was born in Hiroshima, Japan. She received her M.A. in Kyoto City University of Arts in 2016. As a full time artist, she now also lectures urushi lacquering at Kyoto City University of Arts.

selected exhibition: 

solo exhibitions

2019 ? stream-2, arton art gallery, Kyoto, Japan ?Stream,The Gallery by SOIL, Hong Kong

2018 ?Existance in Black, Gallery haku, Osaka, Japan ?Skye Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan

(permanent exhibition, resort hotel collection)
2015 Liquid1, arton art gallery, Kyoto, Japan

group exhibition / art fair

2019 Selected Emerging Artists Exhibition 2019, The Museum of Kyoto, Japan

          Infinity Japan, hotel royal-nikko Taipei, Taiwan 
          Master Jewelry & Craft Show Taiwan, Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, Taipei, Taiwan

2018  3 Dimensions, The Muse Gallery, London

          Art Fair Asia Fukuoka, Hotel Okura Fukuoka, Japan

2016 Art Rainbow Project, Kunsthalle Rostock, Germany

         Unlock the future of URUSHI, Wajima Museum of Urushi Art, Ishikawa, Japan

         Japan-Korea Exchange exhibition, Gangneung Museum of Art, Korea

Professional class maki-e lacquer 

12.02.2020, 6pm 
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1.03.2020, 10am
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(all Japanese materials included)
Duration : 150 - 180 mins

Experience lacquer decoration techniques - lacquer painting and maki-e lacquer decoration. (maki-e lacquer : lacquer ware decoration technique – designs drawn in lacquer. Wet lacquer is then sprinkled with gold, silver or other metal powders.)

Gold leaf 


book ticket:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gold-leaf-workshops-with-shoko-taruma-tickets-89052557597

(all Japanese materials included)

Duration : 120 mins

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