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Lithography


The Phoenix

Lithography on the paper (Artist worked on the lithographic stone at l'atelier IDEM, Paris), 2012. Paper: BFK Rives 250g



Lithography
Lithography
"Phoenix" Installation view at Galerie Hors-Champs, Paris, 2012

(From left)
After 100 years of today, The sun rising.
After 1000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 10000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 100000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 1000000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 10000000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 100000000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 1000000000 years of today, The sun rising.
After 10000000000 years of today, The sun rising.


About this artwork

The lithography is a printing technique using limestone which is composed mainly of skeletal fragments of marine organisms such as coral, forams and molluscs. After printing is finished, the stone plate is polished and used by another artists. Inspired from this process and materiality of such stone prints, the imaginary creatures "The Phoenix"(fire bird) came to Niitsu's mind.

The Phoenix will burn their own body once in 100 years and lives forever by resurrection. The Phoenix has been portrayed as legend and inspiration in ancient times east and west, in Egypt, Persia, Greece, China, Russia, etc., in also for an artistic creation such as an Japanese manga artist Tezuka Osamu's manga "Hinotori"(Fire bird) and the ballet of Stravinsky.

The Phoenix is expressed as images repeatedly reproduced, beyond the transformation medium. In other words, we can consider The Phoenix is a fantasy existance on various media.

Not using the illustration of "The Phoenix" but Niitsu drew more organic and abstract images like a marine organisms and different crystal forms of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) to show this concept.

Also she over-printed several times and made another version for an installation.

Lithography
Lithography