収穫の儀式 + パフォーマンス
11:30 – 16:00
野菜の彫刻 Workshop + 鍋の儀式
‘Laid To Rest’ meaning: To bury someone / something that has died. To resolve a problem or dispute.
Three days before arriving in Japan, Finchittida Finch cut off her long hair in a special ritual with her mother.
This marked a pinnacle moment in her life, symbolising her own conscious ‘death’ and ‘rebirth’.
‘Laid To Rest’ tells the story of Finchittida’s journey from death to rebirth and the parallels she found in the life cycles of nature, beautifully evident here in Kyoto.
She calls this process her ‘ecological breakthrough’ (a twist on the term ‘ecological breakdown’), and highlights the interconnectedness between humanity, nature and spirituality.
For Finchittida Finch, her hair was symbolic of her own spiritual growth; it had grown with her through a personal breakdown / breakthough, which she felt ready to ‘lay to rest’ and also wanted to honour.
Thus, Finchittida Finch decided to take her hair with her on a pilgrimage across Japan, a country with an interesting history in hair traditions, where she knew she could do something special with the hair – to be unveiled in the exhibition. During the exhibition guests are invited on a healing journey through the elements: earth, wind, water and fire, where they will discover personal objects, poetry, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, and living/dying vegetable sculptures that Finchittida Finch has hand-carved and harvested herself.
Some artworks incorporate traditional Japanese crafts that Finchittida Finch has been studying in Kyoto as well as collaborations with Japanese artists and organic farmers. Finchittida Finch is trained in the ancient Thai art of fruit and vegetable carving. Prior to coming to Kyoto she had only ever carved fruits and vegetables from supermarkets, so felt very disconnected from the lives of the crops she was carving.
Thanks to KIRI Café, Finchittida Finch has been able to connect with local innovators, such as, organic farmer Mitsuhiro Katamoto and organic vendor Kentaro Suzuki. Both have opened her eyes to the life-cycles of organic crops and given her the opportunity to harvest crops fresh from the earth herself. She has also discovered how members of the local community are making their own ‘ecological breakthroughs’, by working together to re-harness the organic power of nature and cultivate a sustainable way of life that benefits all.
Alongside the exhibition Finchittida Finch has curated a series of events,
open to all: Exhibition schedule:
●SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER
Harvest Ritual + Performance by Finchittida Finch
●SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER
Talk: ‘Art & Agriculture’
10:00 – 11:00 [free]
Professor Matsui Toshio [KUAD, ceramic artist & director of KIRI]
Kentaro Suzuki [369Works, Kyoto Organic Action, organic & local Yaoya]
Vegetable Carving Workshop + Nabe Ritual
11:30 – 16:00
Finchittida Finch is a multi-dimensional artist from London, UK. She is a Burberry Design Scholar at the Royal College of Art, studying MA Jewellery & Metal. From September to December 2019, she is on an exchange programme at Kyoto University of Art & Design.