Reminiscent of ancient Chinese or Japanese scroll paintings their construction yet is completely different and has been developed by myself.
While traditional Japanese and Chinese silk scrolls are made from very thin painted silk, that is glued to paper which again is normally covered by patterned silk, my scrolls consist of 3 layers of fabric and no paper at all.
The middle piece is constructed like a quilt with a layer of very thin batting between the top layer which is the painted silk and the back. Headpiece and footpiece are normally made from silk as well, which has been fused to a thin layer of rayon fabric.
First the middle piece has been created. Starting with a detailed drawing, this has been transferred to the silk (Habotai) and then painted. After this was finished, the batting was fused to the silk. In the next steps the headpiece and the footpiece were created, using stencils (my own) for painting the ornaments which were supposd to look like batik. This was meant as an hommage to the outstanding textile and batik work of southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia.
After finishing all these steps, all 3 pieces were sewn together, backing was added and then closed at the small side.
The last step was machine quilting the middle piece. Images of Buddha faces or statues make you feel calm and easy, giving you a dreamlike feeling if hung in a room that you like for relaxation and getting off the daily duties. There is an aura emanating from these faces that cannot be described although painted in a very simple manner this is a kind of serendipity and was not planned in detail. The decent colours calm eye and spirit and the landscape with the ethereal Buddha faces make you feel entranced.
Different from the Chinese and Japanese painting scrolls where the dowels are glued to the paintings themselves I have created something different: the fabric has been sewn to the back in order to form a little sleeve so that the dowel can be pushed in but also removed again. This gives more freedom in regard of hanging this scroll. Thus it is also possible to mount it on stretcher bars instead without damaging the painting.
Size: 53" x 22"
(The artwork will be shipped with two black handmade wooden dowels - ready to be hung)