Tokonoma

  • Thursday, September 02, 2021
  • Sunday, September 26, 2021
  • Silk Purse Arts Centre


A tokonoma is a recessed space or alcove found in a Japanese-style reception room, in which items for artistic appreciation are displayed.

Multidisciplinary artist Pauline Lawson presents an interpretation of tokonoma through smaller works of art displayed on backdrops of painted canvas & fabric taking the place of the traditional alcove. The works on display include her 'Portal' series of small abstract watercolour & mixed media paintings presenting repeated shapes, colours & textures, & her series of tiny books hand crafted from elegant papers, found materials & vintage ephemera presented in thier own alcoves of hand-made shadow boxes. The repeated elements, tiny details & simple presentation invite viewers to study & interpret the stories each work tells.

Watch the Virtual Opening for a lively & inspiring evening with Pauline as she discusses her artistic practices & inspirations.

Plan Your Visit to learn how we are ensuring your experience is safe, comfortable & enjoyable through our COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols, & what you need to know before visiting the gallery.


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