Spotlight on Maki Haku

Art - Exhibit

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Worcester Art Museum
Chinese Gallery
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
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The Japanese artist Maki Haku became famous for his deeply embossed prints of abstracted and playfully arranged Chinese characters. In this print, entitled 76-11 (Wind-D), the Chinese pictographic character for "Wind" forms a striking design. It also evokes the Buddhist symbolism of pure breezes of virtue that restore the spirit by sweeping away clouds of delusion.

Maki printed his works on dampened, multilayered sheets of Japanese paper using a plywood-block with carved-out areas built up in relief with cement paste and textured with various tools. The paper was then pressed onto the block by hand using a steel roller or an etching press. Using stencils and metal rollers water-based and oil-based colors were then applied onto the block, or directly onto the embossed paper. Maki finally added a red seal, and one or two hand-applied "splashes" of color in what he called "special shapes."

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Suggested Audiences: Elementary, Middle School, High School, College, Adult, Elders


Last Modified: August 15, 2012 at 1:53 PM

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