Tokyo-based artist Yoshihiro Suda makes exquisite life-like wooden sculptures of flowers and weeds. Usually placed in large empty spaces, these delicate objects have a powerful presence. The void around the object is an important element of Suda's work. By placing sculptures into easily overlooked locations, the artist increases awareness of space and encourages viewers to notice things they may otherwise overlook. 'Rose', which consists of the flower and a petal, also reflects the Japanese concept of 'ma', the space that exists between things or events.
Asian Department, AGNSW.
Place where the work was made
wood painted with mineral pigments
30.0 x 30.0 x 20.0 cm
Gift of Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth 2006
Not on display
© Yoshihiro Suda, courtesy Gallery Koyanagi, Japan
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
CHIKAKU: Time and Memory in Japan, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, 2005–2005
Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–13 Mar 2016
Time, light, Japan: Japanese art 1990s to now, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Dec 2016–14 May 2017
The Lady and the Unicorn, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 10 Feb 2018–24 Jun 2018
Referenced in 1 publication
Justin Paton, Look, Conversations. A new way to engage with the Gallery's Asian art, pg 22-23, Sydney, Oct 2014, 22-23 (colour illus.).