1.7


 
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reonaueda.com

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studionewwork.com
"It does not mean to be in a place where
there is no noise, trouble, or hardwork.

It means to be in the midst of those things
and still be calm in your heart."

author unknown


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1.7 is the first installment of a collaboration between a fine artist Reona Ueda and a graphic design studio Studio Newwork. It is a wearable piece of art inspired by a traditional Japanese hair ornament kanzashi. It is composed of spiraling text defining peace, and is also enriched with handmade representations of Japanese native plants included in a classic botanical book, Flora Japonica. Written by the German physician P.F.B. von Siebold (1796-1866), it introduced many Japanese plants and flowers to Europeans in the 19th century.

Von Siebold resided in Japan from 1823 to 1829. Japan was then undergoing a strict policy of isolationism imposed by its feudal government. While practicing as a physician and giving lectures on European medicine and natural history, he focused on the naturalistic and ethnologic study of Japanese flora and fauna with full enthusiasm. Despite his fame in Japan, von Siebold is almost unknown in the rest of the world.

1.7 is part of the ongoing art project Global Identity involving artists and non-artists that Reona Ueda started in 2002. It is a platform in which individuals contribute pieces that other participants connect, communicate and reinterpret. Each contribution is numbered, and all the pieces are linked directly or indirectly. In this framework, 1.7 plays a role as a bridge between the traditional Japanese notion of art and the Western conception of fine art.