The amalgamation of cultures in Australia is acknowledged in this subtle reflection of my cultural background. I invite the audience to interpret the work according to their personal experience, guided by the symbolism in the work. The Swiss landscape represents part of my heritage; the placement and size of the canvases compel the audience to view the work from right to left, reflecting the reading direction in Japanese – another part of my background.
Consider the way David Hockney and Sophie Nakajima have composed their landscapes. Suggest why they have used segments in these compositions. How does this affect the viewer’s response to the work?
How does the use of colour in each work add to the emotive quality of the landscape? Does it increase the viewer’s awareness of the artist’s connection with the landscape?
Many artists in art history have explored landscape as a subject. Discuss how these works by Nakajima and Hockney are unique yet show an appreciation for landscape painting of the past. Research particular examples of landscape painting that can be presented to the class.