“Taking time to enjoy magnificence of nature as a source for life helps us to remember that we must take care of it and how small we are in the scheme of things” – Georgina Hooper
Featuring guest Japanese and international artists — Japanese master ceramicist Seigo Yoshimura, master painter Miwako Murakami, and Toubou Ao’s German ceramicist and designer Mirjam Rickert — emerging artist Georgina Hooper introduces Brisbane to an overwhelming sense of gratitude in ‘ITADAKIMASU’, her first major exhibition.
Comprising over 90 hand-painted porcelain ceramics and paintings created mostly during her extensive artist residencies in the historical ceramic villages of Nakaoyama, Japan and Jingdezhen, China, and incorporating a large-scale, interactive porcelain and bamboo installation which aims to compel sociological insight into the value we place on art and nature, the exhibition illustrates the thankfulness Hooper has for her journey, in particular her embracement by the people of Nakaoyama.
‘Itadakimasu’ – the Japanese blessing offered at the commencement of a meal – is a prophetic exhibition title for Hooper, who sees the concept mirrored in the works she’ll present. “Given that many of my artworks are plates and cups I felt this was an appropriate way to communicate my message. The painted images of nature and of spirit on the works are a daily reminder that we are blessed. In Australia we have so much, and consuming has become inculcated. I want my work to remind people of the vital importance of nature, of being grateful for everything we have, of taking the time to enjoy the simplicity of quiet, peaceful moments and to remember that we are part of something bigger, far more connected to others, than we are by our division of them by mere geography.”