Sakohata wants to plant seeds of dreams in his heart, so that flowers will blossom and he can pursue his dreams forever.
Colour and light play a crucial role in Sakohata's work. In this print the light pulsates from a hidden source, the origin of life. The phenomena of growth and energy are captured in the expanding petals of what would appear to be a lotus, the most revered of blossoms, symbolic of the purity of the Buddhist doctrine. The iconic structure, mystical light and colours, and geometric forms create a visionary abstract reality that induces an expansion of consciousness. The image is an updated version of a yantra, the tantric diagram of prescribed shapes that are used as aids for concentration to elicit spiritual awareness.
Tantric art and its symbolism was a source of inspiration for many Western Abstract Expressionists, for example Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, and Paul Klee. Symbolic tantric forms include the square (symbol of order) and the oval (symbol of the cosmic egg). In its composition and mystical space this image undeniably has the resonance of a tantric style schematic diagram of the universe.
Sakohata was born in Hiroshima and now lives in Osaka where he had studied at the Osaka University of Fine Arts.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 85.
Place where the work was made
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
85.0 x 85.0 cm image; 100.0 x 96.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "(illeg.)". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 1993
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Urban Bonsai:
- Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992
- National Art Gallery, Wellington, Wellington 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992
- Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992
- Manawatu Art Gallery, New Zealand 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993
- The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993
- Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, Emu Plains 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994
- Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994
- Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994
- Moree Plains Gallery, Moree 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994
- Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Murwillumbah 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995
Referenced in 1 publication
Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 82 (colour illus.), 85. cat. no. 50