Collage Serie Hiragana

ひらがな

Since the beginning of 2017, I have been learning the Japanese syllabary hiragana. I have a special interest in Japanese culture. I have been exploring Japanese characters and language. The syllabary hiragana inspires me. It is sign, image and content. The basic set of hiragana syllables formerly consisted of a set of 50 characters, of which 46 are still in use today. They are listed in a table.
From this resulted the collage series “46 Hiragana”.
As backgrounds, I used archive photographs of my own drawings. The sheets of paper are 30 cm x 20 cm each (with minimal deviations). When learning the syllabary, you write the hiragana in proportion in square grids.

I drew this grid with a ballpoint pen on photographic paper. For every single hiragana I worked out a composition. I used different Japanese papers and dry transfer lettering in Latin script.

I am interested in the fixed sequence of writing, of drawing. In Japanese, all characters are subject to a fixed sequence of strokes. I was touched by the meditative, perfectionist, aesthetic and graphic qualities. The beauty created by austerity.

My aim was to create a connection between the two writing cultures. The basis of which is one of my drawings. Both scripts stand in contrast to each other, yet they meet in a pictorial statement. The collage as a written image.

all artistic works of the series, 46 Hiragana 

       Hiragana he
       collage on archive photography
       30x20cm
       2017

       Hiragana so そ
       collage on archive photography
       30x20cm
       2017

       Hiragana ne  
       collage on archive photography
       30x20cm
       2017

       Hiragana u
       collage on archive photography
       30x20cm
       2017

       Hiragana tsu
       collage on archive photography
       30x20cm
       2017

       Hiragana ku
       collage on archive photography
       30x20cm
       2017

       Hiragana yu
       collage on archive photography
       30x20cm
       2017

       Hiragana a
       collage on archive photography
       30x20cm
       2017