Japanese sculptor Hironori Katagiri is best known for his impressive large-scale site-specific public sculptures across Europe and Japan. This is the first time Katagiri is exhibiting his drawings in Edinburgh alongside his domestic scale stone sculptures. “Lifetide” is a solo exhibition of colour and form celebrating the rich complexity of life.
Hironori Katagiri and his wife, Scottish sculptor Kate Thomson, work both at their Ukishima Sculpture Studio in Japan, and their second studio in Edinburgh.
Drawing is a vital part of Katagiri’s process for making sculpture (from rough idea sketches, to proposals, and plans). For over 40 years, drawing as an art form in its own right has also been an important part of his creative practice. In a new series made especially for this exhibition he draws with vivid colour pencil on characteristic Indian hand-made cotton paper. He then cuts, reverses or replaces sections to create shifting perceptions like musical chord inversions, putting each colour harmony into a new context.