The power and beauty of nature, such as the detail within a leaf’s veins, attracts artist Yu Kawakita. There are elements in nature that cannot be expressed in a conventional painting. This is why Kawakita uses water poured onto the painting surface, or its evaporation, as a brush to mold the shape of change, striving to fix into place something that cannot be fully contained.
The process starts by filling the surface with water and pouring in paint, making the paint particles dance. The transformation of the paint particles as they dry varies greatly and depends on the materials and her breath which she uses to move the liquid. The piece is complete when both the water and the artist become still. Kawakita also investigates the movement of water by fixating infinite lines or dots of paint passing through water on a thin soluble membrane resembling a medical wafer. Rather than depicting a subject, this process is about creating an event that takes place on the surface of the work. Kawakita attempts to find a comfortable rhythm that resonates within her and strives to incorporate nature into her artwork.