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Back to Okiya : An Onyx Silent Ballet

The artwork is signed by the Artist , carved with edition number and date back of the artwork
serie “Wall Whispers : Breathing Life into Silence”

In the enchanting realm of Ryoko Watanabe’s artistic universe, the series “Wall Whispers: Breathing Life into Silence” unfolds as a delicate dance between tradition and innovation. Each wall sculpture, meticulously crafted, tells a story of geishas and sumotori seemingly emerging from the very fabric of the wall, bringing life to the once-silent surface.

The series begins with the subtle elegance of the geishas. Watanabe’s sculpted figures, draped in flowing kimono, convey a timeless beauty that transcends the boundaries of the wall. The geishas, frozen in graceful poses, appear to step out of the shadows, their delicate features and intricate details breathing life into the silence that surrounds them. It is as if the wall itself whispers tales of elegance and tradition, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the rich cultural tapestry of Japan.

As the series progresses, the energy shifts to the robust presence of sumotori. The wall sculptures capture the raw power and disciplined strength of these iconic figures. With each piece, Watanabe sculpts the sumotori in dynamic poses, their muscular forms seemingly pushing against the confines of the wall. The interplay between strength and stillness creates a visual tension, turning the wall into a canvas where the spirit of sumo wrestling comes alive.

The amalgamation of geishas and sumotori in this series creates a harmonious dialogue between grace and strength, tradition and contemporaneity. The wall sculptures become a testament to Watanabe’s ability to breathe life into the silence of the wall, transforming it into a stage where the stories of these iconic figures unfold.

In “Wall Whispers,” the choice of materials and the careful attention to detail elevate the sculptures beyond mere artistic representation. The shadows cast by the protruding forms add depth and nuance, enhancing the illusion that geishas and sumotori are indeed stepping out from the wall. The play of light and shadow becomes an integral part of the narrative, creating an ever-changing visual symphony.

This series, in essence, invites viewers to listen closely to the whispers of the wall, to feel the pulse of tradition and strength reverberating through the sculpted forms. Ryoko Watanabe, with her masterful craftsmanship, breathes life into silence, turning each wall sculpture into a portal that transcends the boundaries between art and reality. “Wall Whispers” is not just a series of sculptures; it is a captivating exploration of cultural resonance, where the wall becomes a storyteller and the sculptures, the protagonists of an ongoing, silent narrative.