“…my art reflects our human condition--personal individuality existing within a powerful and beautiful collective directing and shaping our destiny.  Each of my artworks may be said to be a separate “unity” emerging from many origami foldings, water colour paints, and ink; each element separate, yet contributing to the collective whole.” Hiromi Ashlin

The Consulate-General of Australia is proud to present this stunning collection of work demonstrating Hiromi Ashlin’s artistic power and inventiveness. Hiromi Ashlin is a world-renowned "ju-dan"-level Japanese calligrapher and origami master and the inspired creator of beautiful, unique works of art. From the assemblage of meticulously folded Japanese papers, calligraphy painting, stippling, and washes, Hiromi's art expresses a Zen-like quietude emerging out of highly organic environments of powerful movement and colour transitions.

The exhibition includes new works from Gallery Sydney-East and private art collectors. Two of Hiromi's exhibited pieces, Niji to Taiyo (Rain Meets Sun), and Byakkudan (Sandlewood), demonstrate her growning interest in pyrography. This wood burning technique is exemplified in these two companion works, executed with beautiful, minimalist expression. Hiromi "painted" these two works with burning incense to create the abstract ornamentations. "Niji to Taiyo" and "Byakkudan" express Hiromi's deep spirituality and demonstrate her artistic brilliance in design and execution.

The enormous time required to fold and arrange hundreds, and sometimes thousands of origami elements, makes Hiromi’s art inimitable and unique. As a Japanese-Australian artist, she is strongly influenced by her ancestry, training and environment. The Art of Hiromi Ashlin is a lens into Hiromi’s working style and the myriad cultural connections informing her work. The exhibit brilliantly showcases one of Australia’s most exciting and innovative artistic talents.

Technical Note:

Hiromi lives in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, nearly 9,500 miles from Washington, D.C. The delicate nature of her work presents special challenges in bringing her art to international audiences. Painstaking efforts are made to ensure her works are protected in transit and framed using only museum quality, conservation materials.