On the Edge of Water

Mixed Media and Drawings of Tomoyo Ihaya

February 11 - April 8, 2011

Opening Reception: Meet the Artist, Tomoyo Ihaya, February 11 (Fri), 3pm - 6pm

Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd. is pleased to present, “On the Edge of Water”, an exhibition of new mixed media works and drawings by Vancouver-based artist, Tomoyo Ihaya.  The exhibition will open with a public reception on Friday, February 11 from 3pm to 6pm and the artist will be in attendance.  Limited edition photo-based works with collage are an exciting new addition to Tomoyo’s range of work while familiar mixed media drawings on Japanese paper and wood panels will also be featured.  The new works are poignant and moving with themes of water, food, life and death reflecting the artist’s deep curiosity and affection for the lives of people in different parts of the world.

Water has long been a regular subject in Tomoyo Ihaya’s work.  It is essential for nurturing life and, works as metaphor for quenching a spiritual thirst.  In her repeated journeys to India – a place that has strong connections for Ihaya – the artist has observed the important role water plays in the lives of people and creatures that live there. Engaging herself through hands-on experiences such as helping with laundry and cooking, or taking part in daily water-gathering chores has played a large part in her connection to the value of water, and has contributed in her examination of its practical uses, its poetry and mythical significance.

In recent years, food has also become an important theme.  During a visit to India in 2009, a trip made possible by Canada Council for the Arts, Ihaya learned which staple foods, in particular different types of rice and bread, were consumed in places she visited.  Her strong attraction to fire pits, ceramic/tin vessels, and large blackened pots used for cooking, eating, and some for transporting water can be seen throughout the new works.  Ihaya’s travels abroad have helped her art in that her experiences have helped to shape her views on life and enabled her to forge close friendships with people she has come to know.  Many of the works exhibited in the ‘On the Edge of Water’ show were created while in India, and later completed in Canada.

Tomoyo Ihaya's primary medium is printmaking, sculpture and installation works.  She has a B.A. in German Literature and a certificate in curatorial studies from Rikkyo University.  Ihaya studied fine arts at Mount Allison, Emily Carr and Capilano College, and in 2002 obtained an MFA from the University of Alberta. Tomoyo Ihaya has received numerous awards, project grants and scholarships.  She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. “On the Edge of Water” runs from Friday, February 11 to Friday, April 8, 2011.

Art Beatus, with a location in Vancouver, Canada and two locations in Hong Kong, showcases international art with a focus on contemporary Chinese art.  Art Beatus (Vancouver) is located in the Nelson Square Office Tower at 108 – 808 Nelson Street in Vancouver, BC.

Art Beatus (Vancouver) Consultancy Ltd. is open Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm and is closed on weekends and holidays.  Underground and street parking is available.  Free admission.

For more information, please contact Media Relations, Tamla Mah or Peggy Ngan by email: info@artbeatus.com or telephone: 604-688-2633. 

Pump Station

Water Tanks

Rivers Meet