Poetry and illuminance

Rinko Kawauchi, from the series “Illuminance”, 2011

“The world of action-intuition — the world of poiesis — is none other than the world of pure experience.” (Nishida Kitarō, in preface to “An inquiry into the good”, p. xxxiii, Yale University Press, 1990)

Rinko Kawauchi (Japan, b. 1972) brings forth her images as objects of pure experience of the world, where artist and image construct and reflect each other mutually. Poetry, from the Greek poiesis, carries the root of its meaning in this concept of giving form. And formal making is in the essence of her work. There is an immense formal and evocative subtleness in her images. Shapes, colors, form, patterns.
But, more than that, there is this sense of a juxtaposition of feelings and atmospheres, intuitions, that are articulated as we move between images, linking them from one to the next and back. The visual organization of a sequence of images is thus very important in her work, as it opens up the work before the viewer to his own movement and engagement with the ephemeral living in each image, with new feelings and imagination.
Kawauchi’s latest book, Illuminance (2011), is published by Aperture and one that i would definitely recommend.