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Flowers for Monet Book

Printed Book Available from September 8 2021

My Page P.47

ISBN 978-3-98527-372-0 (Hardcover)

I made 3 artworks of 3 layers of silk inspired by Monet's garden. He painted the garden, but no particular insects or animals were found in his painting. I think there must have been a lot of creatures in his garden along with the flowers. So I drew a frog, dragonfly, turtle,and carps together with wisteria, and lilies. I've also added some objects that he and his son may have used. Flowers, creatures, and his lifework can harmonize and show the richness of creative life working in his garden.

Three silk organzas are layered and dyed using a unique dyeing method developed from Yuzen dyeing of Japanese kimono, and after dyeing, the three sheets are spaced apart to create a hologram effect.

Don’t we all long to live like flowers, alive with perfect beauty? The work of Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) is a seed that has firmly taken root in the world’s artistic heritage. It was a trip that inspired him to create his radiant garden in Giverny. After traveling through the night, the flower fields in Holland appeared before his eyes like a bright sea of colours, in which the blossoming individual flowers simultaneously dissolved and fully unfolded. Flowers unite the light energy of the sun and the mythical spirit of earth and water. Based on this idea, 67 artists from 29 countries came together at the occasion of Claude Monet’s 180th birthday to honor the well-traveled impressionist with contemporary artistic abundance. Apart from Antibes, Venice, London, Norway, and Brittany, Monet mainly painted in Normandy: In Étretat and Rouen, and in Giverny where he finally found a haven in his art-inspired garden.

It is an image of carps in a pond in Monet's garden, swimming leisurely under a water lily.

I added some painting brushes under the pond.

I imagined a frog hanging from a wisteria flower in Monet's garden.

I drew a water lily in Monet's garden, a turtle appearing from a pond, and a dragonfly flying there. In addition, I added the image that Monet's son Jean's toy is sinking at the bottom of the pond.

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