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Bend exhibition


Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery

November 15, 2019

Exhibition announcement

The Embassy of Canada is pleased to present a contemporary art exhibition which brings together five artists whose work embraces varying media and conceptual interests but demonstrates shared influences from studying Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging). These flower based practices engage environmental awareness around season, change, time and sustainability. Elisabeth Belliveau, Jon Sasaki, Celia Perrin Sidarous, Ewelina Skowronska and Justin Waddell use found, repurposed, and recycled objects and materials in their work. All the artists create works in relation to environments both natural and urban - exploring objects, plants and adaptation. Discourse surrounding socio-economics, resourcefulness, and the history of still-life and objects in art is highlighted throughout the exhibition. 

Curator : Michelle Deanne Schultz

Elisabeth Belliveau is Acadian-Canadian and has attended residencies in Japan at Tokyo Wonder Site, Youkobo Art Projects Tokyo and Studio Kura Itoshima. Her studies at the Ohara School of Ikebana in Tokyo continue to influence her stop-motion animation and sculpture practice. Her work currently explores digital still life and the Anthropocene.

Jon Sasaki is a Japanese-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto, who has travelled and created work in Japan. His work often repurposes objects, explores humour, resourcefulness and adaptation.

Celia Perrin Sidarous is a Canadian artist of Egyptian descent based in Montréal. She engages the genre of still life using archaeological images, as well as collected found objects and images arranged before the camera. Her work explores representations of place, history and memory through photography, film, and ceramics. Her spatial, compositional practice addresses deep time in a non-linear manner.

Ewelina Skowronska was born in Poland and is currently based in Tokyo. Her work addresses feminism and representations of women's bodies often incorporating forms and compositions derived from Ikebana and flowers. Ewelina studied Ikebana at the Ohara School of Ikebana and attended artist residencies for printmaking and ceramics this year in Edmonton, Banff, San Francisco and New York. 

Justin Waddell is a third generation Japanese-Canadian artist. He is currently researching the history of the Nikkei Internment in Canada during WWII. His work employs Ikebana influenced techniques - through shibori (a Japanese dying technique) textiles, jewelry, ceramics, and photography. 


Date: Closed

Place: Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery
(7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

Admission: Free


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