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Title

Memory-90-VII (Ayers Rock)

1990


Artist

SAITÔ Takeshi

Japan

1943 -


About

Born in Yamanashi Prefecture where he still lives, and educated at Musashino Art University, Saito's prints are enigmatic yet emotive vestiges of recollections.

For an exhibition to England he produced an image of the third millennium BC stone circle of Stonehenge, that nation's most revered primeval monument. Likewise for Australia he has produced this wrapped image of Ayers Rock, with its aura of uncontrollable power. Saito moulded a sheet of lead into the image of Ayers Rock which he regards as the symbol of nature. His print is a monument to modern society, our transmutation of nature, our attempts to dominate it. His shrouded shape is rich in resonances, evoking, for example, the surrealist 'Enigma of Isadora Duncan' by Man Ray (a wrapped and bound sewing machine), and Christo's wrapped landscapes. Like those works, his image challenges our habitual perception, investing the familiar with new significance and suddenly making it the focus of our awareness.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 68, 85.


Details


Place where the work was made

Japan


Period

Heisei period 1989 - → Japan


Date

1990


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching and aquatint


Edition

5/50


Dimensions

54.5 x 81.0 cm image; 61.5 x 88.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "(illeg.) '90".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

454.1993


Artist information

SAITÔ Takeshi

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 68, 81 (colour illus.), 85. cat. no. 49