Setsuko Piroche, "Kazuko," c.1950’s
Setsuko Piroche, "Kazuko," c.1950’s, Nihonga (Japanese pigment painting), 49 cm x 70cm
Opening Reception: September 10, 2-4pm - FREE
Curator's Tour: September 24, 1-2pm - FREE
When Setsuko Piroche made a permanent move from Japan to Canada as a young woman in 1967, she was already an accomplished painter in the Nihonga style, an ancient set of painting conventions and methods that have been practiced for thousands of years in Japan. Her new life in Canada, together with the influences of other cultures she had encountered along the way, set in motion a new three-dimensional form of self expression. The figures and wall pieces that emerged during this period created from fabric, fibre and mixed media came to be known as ‘soft sculpture.’
This exhibition combines both the paintings and sculpture to fully demonstrate the fascinating range of methods and stories that embody the career of artist, Setsuko Piroche.