Tsuchigumo (Kabuki Series)
Elliott, Reiko Date
Circa 1990-Circa 1996 See full details
In the late 1970s, Elliot returned to her first love, print making. She etched her own printing plates with acid, hand-engraved the plate and then printed the final product in her studio using a printing press. The final works were limited editions, each individually hand finished.
This series of prints calls back to Elliott’s earlier career as a theatre performer. Tsuchigumo is a creature in Japanese folklore, it is a giant, monstrous spider. Tsuchigumo also gives its name to an eponymous Noh play, adapted into a Kabuki ‘dance-drama’ in 1881. Kabuki is a traditional Japanese theatre form that originated in the 17th century Edo period. Kabuki plays are largely about historical events and moral conflicts. Elliot’s prints capture Keshÿ, the makeup used in Kabuki to heighten the visual style of the form.
Reiko Elliot’s artworks have been exhibited various times in New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. The incredible true story of her life is documented in a two-part memoir Don’t Come Back (2003). Elliot lost her life to leukaemia in May 2000.
Frame: hxwxd; 725 x 515 x 35mm
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