Interview of Rina Tanaka solo exhibition.
On the occasion of her first solo show at Art Front Gallery, Rina Tanaka talked about her career, creative process which is very unique and her current interest for future plans.
I graduated from Nagoya University of the Arts in 2012. I used mainly oil at university switching to acrylic painting after graduation. For the current exhibition, I have painted both with oil and acrylic.
I draw landscape on the basis of my own memorized experience: once I decide this or that scenery to depict, then I start drawing after clarifying the amount of “time” to be integrated in the picture plane. For example, this painting depicts the garden at Daishinin, Myoshinji in Kyoto, presenting the memory there for thirty to forty minutes when the cloudy sky changed into rain. If my paintings are based on my personal memory, emotions or feeling are not represented directly. Rather, I trace forms included in the scenery, decompose them to recompose, considering various factors such as composition, move of viewpoints, different kinds of perspective, usage of paints as material, balance between density and blank. Also, according to the motifs to be depicted, I employ different methods to well balance the quality of each method.
In this painting, white lines refer to map of the precinct of the temple just as we can trace it on the map given at the entrance. The process of targeting spot via other places within the complex are all depicted in the single plane including both time in process and that at the end.
Regarding technique, acrylic paint tends to be flat because of the evaporation of water, and I compensate this shortage with oyster shell, ceramics or crystal powder, all considered as unusual materials, with the effect of volume when viewed at close point.