14 – 26 November 2016, London
Constant change is an inevitable part of life: all things continuously evolve and eventually die. Transience remains a very important concept in Japanese philosophy and is strongly present in Japanese art. Each moment and stage of existence should be appreciated and enjoyed. This ephemeral aspect of all things is strongly reflected in Sumie – Japanese ink painting.
This exhibition presents some unique moments and fragile stages of nature: the carp jumping out of agitated water with incredible energy freezes in the air for a fleeting moment of immortality; the broken pine tree still touches one with its dignified power; the heron enjoys the silence of the winter landscape; light snow covers the forest in profound tranquility.
On the one hand, change is difficult to accept, but on the other, it opens new perspectives and is full of potential. Moreover, this uniqueness of each moment makes it very precious, something to be treasured.
This exhibition will not only stir emotion, but will arouse moments of reflection on life – ephemeral and elusive, and yet so unbearably beautiful.
Thanks to her numerous trips to Japan, Margot Olejniczak discovered the art and philosophy of ink painting. Since 2001 she has been studying the Sumi-e art in Tokyo in the classes of well-known masters such as Ilan Yanizky, and since 2012 she has been perfecting her skills in the class of Master Tohun Kobayashi. She runs courses of Japanese painting in Switzerland and in Poland, among others in “manggha” –the Museum of Japanese Art and Technology in Cracow. She regularly exhibits her works at individual and group exhibitions. In 2016 the artsist received a Special Award in the Tokyo National Art Center, followed by a Special Award in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum during Le Salon Blanc –The International Exhibition of Contemporary Art. In 2016 Margot Olejniczak became a member of the art group at Noho M55 gallery in New York, USA.