PAST EXHIBITION: “Design calligraphy” by Ai Suzuki

PAST EXHIBITION: “Design calligraphy” by Ai Suzuki

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【3rd – 9th November 2022】

Over the past year, spectacular calligraphy art by Ai Suzuki has brought remarkable impressions to the audience in London. We have been proud to showcase afresh and this would be your last chance to see her artwork.

This compact exhibition will be held in the art section of Sway Gallery London.

Ai Suzuki

Since Ai Suzuki was young, she loved to daydream. Whenever she saw a beautiful sky or flower or bird or even a little bug, she made space for it in her imagination and made up a simple story about it to amuse herself. She also enjoyed recalling the strange landscapes she encountered in her dreams while sleeping. Things are no different for her today.
Her creative work, which mainly involves stylized use of the calligraphy brush, is her way of expressing the shapeless images of her imagination and the thoughts and feelings we can’t see.

The KANJI was born 3,300 years ago and was made by combining lines and shapes from various pictures together which represented that word’s meaning. Over the years the KANJI evolved from complex pictures into simpler designs more conducive to writing on a daily basis. The ‘Modern day’ KANJI used now holds little similarity to the picture it once used to represent, and we are unable to feel which picture combination it originated from.
Therefore, Ai is set on a mission to provide life, feeling and purpose back to these characters and wants each KANJI to again have the pictorial meaning, or the connotation it used to have once upon a time. In a sense she wants the KANJI to be ‘born again’.

Her main tools are a Toyohashi-brush (made from animal hair), ink (an ash composite made from burning oil and pine together), an ink stone (made of rock), and paper (made from plants). All these materials are natural, meaning their production can’t and isn’t totally influenced by humans. Ai values this aspect of her materials and tries to follow their natural rhythms.
She follows other natural rhythms in her schedule, making art only during the two weeks between the new moon and the full moon.


MON-FRI 11:00-19:00
SAT 12:00-18:00
SUN closed