In Praise of Bathing Shadows

The series 'In Praise of Bathing Shadows' is inspired by the aesthetic essays of the Japanese writer Jun'ichiro Tanizaki who compares light and darkness in the Japanese tradition with western culture, as a collision between the shadows of traditional Japan and the dazzling light of the modern age. The West is presented as continuously searching for light and clarity, while the subtle and subdued forms of oriental art and literature are seen by Tanizaki to represent an appreciation of shadow and subtlety, closely relating to the traditional Japanese concept of sabi ('the beauty of imperfection'). In addition to contrasting light and dark, Tanizaki further considers the layered tones of various kinds of shadows and their power to reflect low sheen materials like gold, patina and cloudy crystals. In addition, he distinguishes between the values of gleam and shine (model: Qian Zhao).