VOLCANIC CONVERSATIONS at LA HUIPILISTA ARTSPACE By Zola Delburn
Hawaii-based artist Rose-Marie Glen is all about the lava. From the moment she arrived on the Island of Hawaii seven years ago she was taken by the inescapable old flows cutting swaths down the mountains defining the landscape. As a painter, and installation artist her focus has been the effect of time passing, the changes made to our environment and what is lost and what is gained. The lava embodied all of this.
Known for large scale installation pieces created in Germany and in Gloucester, Massachusetts, she recently immersed herself in the art of Japanese wood block printing known as Mokuhanga, studying with Hawaiian National Treasure artist Hiroki Morinoue. Carving blocks and hand printing with energetic movements seemed a natural way to express this force of nature. The Mokuhanga artist does all aspects of the print making from preparing the wood block, carving the design and hand printing with water color on washi (rice or mulberry paper) with a baren. She recently was one of 6 artists from around the world who attended the Mi-Lab Mokuhanga Artists Residency in Kawaguchiko, Japan at the base of Mount Fuji.
The legend of Pele is deeply embedded into the cultural of the Hawaiian People. She is revered and feared and accepted. The awe of the birth of new land mixed with destruction is taken as all part of life. The story of Pele is of a rambunctious vengeful and jealous woman who fought with other gods and her sister before finally settling at Hale Ma’u Ma’u crater on the summit of Kilauea. Today her power cannot be denied. This power drives the art.
Rose-Marie Glen is Artist in Residence at La Huilpilista Artspace. Exhibit continues through Aug. 11.
Mokuhanga, Japanese Woodblock print
La Huipilista Artspace, Julian Carrillo 1, Colonia Guadalupe, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato,Mx