|red stripe #262 1988 24 x 18 cm, hand woven ramie, linen, silk, rubbed with brick|
|upper: six squares, indigo blue, W #306 1994 lower: six squares, indigo blue, RF #305 1994|
|six squares indigo blue W #306 detail|
|Trace of a Leaf #151 1988|
She considers the vertical warp threads to represent time and the horizontal weft threads to represent space.
The crossing points of warp and weft physically disappear from view, but continue to exist as integral to the fabric. The accumulation of the weft threads represents time passing. When she weaves, she thinks about the process as one of transformation.
|Trace of a Leaf #151 detail|
By grinding her newly woven cloth with earth, she exposes that original warp. She unveils the essence of the fabric. "I feel that my woven work is about time and the human condition." Chiyoko Tanaka
|red stripes on white stripes #646 and #647. both 1985|
|Trace of White Line #641 above, White Line #642 below, both 1985|
|Black Stains on Deep Green Stripes #52 1990|
It's like a performance.
|Three Squares, Blue Threads, Sienna #281 1997|
|Three Squares, Blue Threads and Gray, #671 1997|
|left: red earthy clay #200 1985, right: permeated black #400 1986|
|Permeated Black #400 1986|
|wall: Blue #100-2 1983, floor: White, B #100-1 2983|
"I am weaving time"
|white mud cross, red thread #652 1992 19 x 19 cm hand woven ramie|
"At the still point of the turning world.
...neither from nor towards.
At the still point, there the dance is." T S Eliot
Chiyoko Tanaka was profiled in 2003 on Culturebase and again in 2010 by Kate Barber who visited her.
|mud dots on brown stripes #742, hand woven linen, ramie, dyed with mud 2009|
She is represented by Brown Grotta source of the above image. (the most recent I could find)