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Lithography
The Phoenix
Lithography on the paper (Artist worked on the lithographic stone at l'atelier IDEM, Paris), 2012.

Paper: BFK Rives 250g

Supported by The Ohki Foundation.

The Phoenix

Lithography
Lithography
Lithograph "Phoenix" Installation view at Galerie Hors-Champs, Paris, 2012

(From left)
After 100 years of today, The sun rising.
After 1000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 10000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 100000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 1000000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 10000000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 100000000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 1000000000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 10000000000 years of today, The sun rising.


/ Artist Statement /

The lithography is a printing technique using "limestone" which is composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, forams and molluscs.

After printing is finished, the stone plate is polished and used by another artists.

Inspired from this process and materiality of such stone prints, I thought about the imaginary creatures "The Phoenix"(fire bird) as an motif for my lithography work because "The Phoenix" will burn their own body once in 100 years and live forever by resurrection.

"The Phoenix" has been portrayed as legend and inspiration in ancient times east and west, in Egypt, Persia, Greece, China, Russia, etc., in also for an artistic creation such as an Japanese manga artist Tezuka Osamu's manga "Hinotori"(Fire bird) and the ballet of Stravinsky.

In other words, we can say "The Phoenix" is an abstract existence of fantasy existing on various media, because "The Phoenix" is abstractly expressed in the same way as images repeatedly reproduced, beyond the transformation medium.

Finally I decided to not use the illustration of "The Phoenix" but I drew more organic and abstract images like a marine organisms and different crystal forms of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) to show this concept. And just in the middle of image, I leave it a circle which shows "The Sun".

I printed several times with this stone plate on the paper, and I made an installation looks like "The Sun rising".

ADOKA NIITSU, Paris, 2012

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