Renkinjutu #2 (The Alchemist)

Size: 33 1/2" x 34"


Date: 2013


Price: $4,000 [Sold]



About Renkinjutu #2

(The Alchemist)



This painting was inspired by The Alchemist, a novel by Paulo Coelho, first published in the year 1988. Originally written in Portuguese by the Brazilian-born author, it has been translated into at least 67 languages. An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd named Santiago on his journey to Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding treasure there.


Renkinjutu is Hiromi's depiction of the meta-map of Santiago's physical and spiritual journey  from Tarifa to the other side of Africa.   She employs handmade colored papers,  calligraphy, & black ink, hidden under white paint.  The red circles on the map signify air, energy, and vaguely-perceived messages, all in movement, an essential element in much of Hiromi's art.


Renkinjutu #1 was sold in Broome.   In contrast to Renkinjutu #2 on exhibition here in Washington, Renkinjutu #1 is pure white with a wide red mat and without red circles. Hiromi says, "I really enjoyed to make that one. So, this piece (Renkinjutu #2) is another work that I want to keep making as a series. (But it takes long time!)."