Junco Sato Pollack

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Mandala of Hope

Mandala of Hope, Audience Interactive Wall Art

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Interview with Mel Van Dusen at the opening reception at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Mandala of Hope, an audience interactive wall art took place as a part of Junco Pollack's Solo Exhibitions at the San Jose Museum of Quilt and Textiles in 2013 and Atlanta Soto Zen Center in 2014 commemorating the Japan earth quake and tsunami disaster of March 11, 2011, and wishing to heal the loss and suffering sustained by the victims. The video recorded the Mandala of Hope Workshop interactions and the exhibitions.

Stitched Mandala, Kinhin Series 謹頻

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Interview with Mel Van Dusen at the opening reception at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “circle.” The mandala, one of Himalayan Buddhism's most ubiquitous symbols, is created as an artistic aid for meditation. Depicting a realm that is both complex and sacred, the mandala is a visualization tool meant to advance practitioners toward a state of enlightenment.

The stitched mandala, Kinhin Series explores the various manifestations of the state of mind through stitching meditation, simultaneously explaining their symbolism, describing how they fulfill their intended function, and demonstrating their correlation to our physical reality.

In my meditation activity, stitching practice induces the state of equilibrium that promotes a deeper grounding, detachment, and freedom from mental bondage to fast-paced life we lead today. Specifically, I combined stitching mandala with the practice of Kinhin, 謹頻 – walking meditation, circle walking, thereby creating imprint that simulates the experience of walking meditation in space in time. This mental juxtaposition produces the experience that is focused in microcosmic scale, while specious in macrocosmic view at the same time.

Sky/Cloud Series

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KY/CLOUDSERIES (Series will open in new window)

Interview with Mel Van Dusen at the opening reception at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

On-going Sky/Clouds Series since 1999 is large format fabric sculpture suspended in space 15 feet tall. The fabric is of aluminum coated polyester. Voided out by devore in shibori, some areas depict photographic sky images deposited by heat transfer dye sublimation printing.

I consider clouds in blue sky to be the ultimate of the formless form that express the Zen satori enlightenment or freedom. The character "sky" in Japanese reads as "empty", a pun on words. In Sanskrit, form is scanda and is expounded by Buddha to be "emptiness." Each work in this series combine element of natural phenomena such as wind, earth and water which are to be all "empty."

Sky/Clouds Series was the subject of Technology as Catalyst Exhibition at Textile museum.

ORIGAMI Series

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On-going work since 2000 ORIGAMI Series is abstract composition in the Minimalist tenet. ORIGAMI Series depicts Buddhist mantra chants or sutra written text in Characters against colored or gilded surface. The work consists of bright primary color squares representing Japanese folding paper squares -ORIGAMI, hence the title for the series -.

Translucent fabric is folded, heat compressed, and simultaneously colored by heat transfer dye-sublimation process on the front and on the back of the fabric, achieving the simultaneous color contrast in each of the color blocks. The characteristic folds create animated forms against void, which is also a form that floats in space - emptiness.

Buddhist Text Heart Sutra is the subject of the Solo Exhibition at Art Life Mitsuhashi Gallery in Kyoto, Japan in November / December 2002

KESA Series

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On-going Kesa series since 1995 comprises of pieced, individually colored fabrics, in vertical / horizontal composition in columns of either five, seven, nine or twenty five, corresponding to the established formality for the Buddhist monks' robe. The work's format is abstract and somewhat liberated, spontaneously expressive of the energy and spirit. Applied 23K gold leaf reminisces the grace and richness of the fabrics and colors traditionally used for this type of religious ritual robes.

Scroll Series

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This series consists of abstraction landscape conceived while in nature responding to the impression of the walks in Appalachia, Gulf of Mexico, Adirondacks, etc.

Kudzu Cloth Settings

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These limited-edition fine craft table settings and screen hanging are made entirely by hand from harvest of wild kudzu vines to preparation of fibers, and weaving on a handloom following the ancient process that is over 5,000 years old. Wild kudzu fabric is renewable, sustainable, biodegradable, and beneficial to our natural environment and the regional ecology. Each set is numbered, signed, and dated, bearing the mark of time-honored fine craft, and the way of living close to nature, blessed by the rich natural beauty of the Southern USA. In addition to kudzu fibers, these table settings are woven combining hand-processed flax and organically-grown, hand-processed, natural-dyed silk fibers. Additionally, charger is hand-woven kudzu fabric coated with hand-applications of natural urushi, a time-honored natural lacquer, treasured in Japan and China since Ancient times.

Kudzu vine is one of the oldest fibers known to humans. The oldest extant kudzu fabric, dated 3,400 BCE, found from an Archeological Neolithic site is housed in the Nanjing Museum, China. My kudzu table setting design updates the ancient craft, reviving the lost-handwork of the Neolith Period into our Post-modern life.

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KESA Study

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Framed tableau suited for walls. Kesa Study #1-4 comprises study leading up to Kesa Series. Each piece of fabric is prepared and individually dye sublimation heat transfer printed, pieced abstract composition on silk backing, and applied 23K gold leaf was imprinted.

Zen / Zen Cube

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Minimalist form cube is a representation of the floating world in a nutshell. Zen Cube series depicts moments in my life when no thoughts, empty mind produce pleasing work of art, not unlike Zen calligraphy in which the subject merges the object of concentration.

Locus -Improvisation- a wall hanging was conceived responding to the energy of the space while working in cube format.

 
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