Lina Uchida

Uchida portrays the workings of life and metempsychosis with grass paper and flame. She has the full control of grass paper with the texture resembling human skin to change its shape, and shades it by burning with flame. The colors she uses are the natural and translucent white of grass paper and browns of exquisitely burned paper. Ultimately simple, yet her creations are simultaneously realistic like specimens. Paper is believed to breathe thus is alive, and it can last for more than 1000 years in theory. All lives are ephemeral in the everlasting time, and they grow and metamorphose, and advance and evolve with discipline. At another time, sorrow can turn into hope in a matter of one month. Uchida claims that advancing to nurture feelings is equivalent to continuously working on a single material.

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