Midori Terashima: Endless Garden

Venue: HRD Fine Art
Date: June 12 - July 31, 2021
Hours: Thu 11:00am - 3:00pm / Fri & Sat 11:00am - 7:00pm
Closed: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed (Open by appointment only)

HRD Fine Art is delighted to announce the opening of a solo exhibition of Midori Terashima, titled "Endless Garden," which will be on show from June 12th until July 31st. This will be the artist's first solo exhibition in Kyoto in 11 years, while it will be her first-ever solo exhibition at HRD Fine Art, where she participated in a two-man exhibition, "Yami," in 2016.

Midori Terashima was born in Kyoto in 1972, earned a master's degree at Kyoto City University of Arts in 1998. For decades Terashima has been working on large-sized oil paintings, wielding dynamic brushstrokes. Inspired by plants and natural sceneries, her works boast a sense of space both in expanse and depth. And not limited to paintings, she has actively worked on installations, turning an entire room into a three-dimensional work of art.

Terashima's work is perpetually changing in quest of new possibilities of abstract painting, and this exhibition will reveal the place where the artist currently stands. The exhibits will include works that use the technique of "decalcomania" (transfer), works on round-shaped canvases, and other recent works to be exhibited for the first time in Japan.

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Artist's Statement

Three different roses bloom on my balcony. Two of them have grown from cuttings. Their flowers have different colors, different fragrances. Their leaves have different textures, and the hardness of their thorns also varies from each other. My hands get scratches when I touch them, and the leaves are ripped up by their own thorns when the strong wind is blowing. Other than the roses I have lemon, yuzu citrus, shekwasha citrus, American cherry, and loquat trees. Mango seedling has recently joined the ranks of my balcony plants. Oh there is also a 10-year-old avocado tree. All these fruit trees have grown from the seeds taken from the fruits we have enjoyed. I take good care of them, trimming, fertilizing, and ridding insects.

My balcony is my garden. Setting a boundary makes a garden. This boundary inspires close observation and endless discovery. Just like looking at a painting. I play around in my garden, endlessly. There I see eternity of existence, brimming with life. I hope my paintings are like that.

- Midori Terashima

"Brown and Red Spark" | oil on canvas | 100x80.3cm | 2019

"Rainbow and White Dreaming Garden" | oil on canvas | 91x72.7cm (diptych) | 2019

"Flora Silver" | oil on canvas | 50x50cm | 2018
Exhibition View

Installation view (approx. 3 min.)
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