Lisa Keiko Kirton
Mixed media mounted on gesso on canvas, 2020
Image size: 38 x 38 cm,
Mounted size 55 x 55 cm
Lisa Keiko Kirton: Silent Rain, is an atmospheric study, from her collection of mixed-media paintings. They are all made for display as part of Japan Water. Lisa Keiko Kirton made them with great intuition and experiment. She was brought up on a farm and all of them relate to her childhood experience in rural Japan. Silent Rain is about the environment and especially sum up her own experience about atmosphere, water, wind, weather. Essentially it is a small vision of great ideas about environment, purity and pollution.
Lisa believes we come from the ocean. As she says: “Now, we have to really respect the ocean where we came from. So many people go to the beach or take a holiday in front of the ocean, but they never think ‘life originated there. ….The ocean ought to be part of us ….even like a ‘mother’. Sadly, we have been consistently polluting the ocean (our mother) with all manner of plastics and waste”.
Lisa Keiko Kirton believes continued care for the ocean to be vital to our existence. The Sound of Waves is especially evocative of her experience.
About the artist
Lisa Keiko Kirton studied at Glassell School of Art, Museum of Modern Art Houston Texas, then she moved to Scotland where she pursued sculpture at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire. Whilst living in Scotland, in addition to metal & bronze sculpture she undertook participatory works, involving local communities, farmers and fishermen, and using amongst other objects, rope, soil and pine trees.
Since moving to London, to a smaller space. she has been mostly limited to two-dimensional works, but has continued to broaden her range of materials; including pine needles, coffee grounds, earth pigments, salt, dyed thread, wax and paint. Therefore, surfaces are sometimes rough or sparkly. Some of her works reflect her fascination with the Jomon period in Japan and the Mesolithic period here. Others include images often reflecting Japanese calligraphic gestures.