KazumiTanaka

INK: The Color of Manitoga

INK: The Color of Manitoga

“ The LAB” 2018

Cherry wood, mixed lab equipment, labels
72 x 48 x 53 in. as the work area

I was invited to the 2018 Artist Residency Program at Manitoga: the estate and home of industrial designer Russel Wright (1904-1976).
The concept was to create natural inks from plant specimens I collect in Manitoga’s 77 acres of woodland garden. From the color inks, a series of paintings will evolve.
I employ my technical skills to create a visually compelling Lab within the main house west gallery. There, I experiment and make natural inks with distilled water from Manitoga’s Quarry Pool. A large-scale map will plot the collecting points over the property’s seventy-five acres, and a journal will record dates, times and the changing seasons. Visitors are invited into the Lab to experience the physical transformation from actual landscape to paintings. The project lies at the intersection of art and record keeping, science and nature, ideas and handcraft – moving between the tangible and the conceptual.

  • INK: The Color of Manitoga
    INK: The Color of Manitoga
  • INK: The Color of Manitoga
    INK: The Color of Manitoga
  • INK: The Color of Manitoga
    INK: The Color of Manitoga
  • INK: The Color of Manitoga
    INK: The Color of Manitoga
  • INK: The Color of Manitoga
    INK: The Color of Manitoga