The word ' urushi ' comes from the tree that produces Japanese lacquer and the word is also used for that process of lacquering. Urushi pieces are symbols of patience and resilience, two terms often associated with the Japanese themselves.

Traditional lacquer comes from the sap of the Asian lacquer tree – toxicodendron vernicifluum, formerly rhus vernicifera. This tree is not easy to deal with as its sap actually has the same kind of allergic oil that is found in poison ivy. The word “urushi” is also used for the lacquerware itself, and some people say that the word comes from two other Japanese words: “uruwashi”, meaning “beautiful”, and “uruosu”, which means “to moisten”.

The paintings of Kohei Nakata are created by a process of repeated layering not unlike the discipline of lacquering ( urushi ) but he uses a fast drying medium of acrylic mixed with pva. He and Masashi Suzuki who has made new chawan and raku for this installation, have negotiated the use of the old urushi Tajima Factory in Wakayama as an exhibition space where they both demonstrate new work and ideas. In this presentation Kohei explores the process of growing cotton and spinning the material to complete as a canvas thus continuing the theme of using traditional means of manufacture. In this exhibition also presented as a public performance is a weaving painting on large hand made paper that is labour intensive and concentrated in the interweaving hand painted lines of pearl acrylic.

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