Landscape Painting by Asa Hiramatsu

Deep Inside a Painting


如同一片已然石化的風景,面目模糊無法辨清,經過長年累月的風雨洗刷,表面的頑固的沙土一層一層地給沖去,才慢慢露出輪廓來。平松麻(Asa Hiramatsu)的畫作,是一片沉沒在意識底層的風景。




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Appearing as a petrified landscape, the original look becomes blurred and is hardly recognizable. As the stubborn dirt and sand gradually got peeled off bit by bit from rain and wind, the hidden outline finally got revealed again. In a similar way, it is fair to say that Asa Hiramatsu’s paintings are landscapes that are buried underneath layers of consciousness.

With no proper training in any art school, Hiramatsu acquired her aesthetics through the time she spent in the kitchen. During her childhood, she was responsible for picking the matching tableware that can present her mother’s dishes in the best possible manner. If the tableware she chose was not exactly the perfect match, her mother would ask her to choose again. This little training taught her to understand the connection between visual and all the other senses.

Hiramatsu sees drawing as a process of burying one’s consciousness. As she draws with an unconscious mind, her paintings have no story to tell at all. In the process of drawing, she would detach herself from the reality and enter the gentle but concealed realm. She would interact with the realm and carve on the board — which she uses as her canvas — and let the blade help her to express the air, humidity, light, mist and wind she senses in this otherworldly territory. Looking at her work, you can somehow feel there is a world hidden under the landscape shown on the surface. The hidden layer is not to be seen by human eyes but carry a deep meaning that is only to be felt by one’s heart.

“When trying very hard to draw a certain image, I would be disconnected from the painting itself. I need to wait for the energy that is intrinsically at the core to come to me, then I will move my chisel towards that direction. My idea is to create art that cannot be expressed on a two dimensional surface, but a kind of art that has multiple layers for people to keep digging into.” says Hiramatsu.