Emaki-ing an inspired piece at Mundaring Arts Centre

Mundaring Arts Centre artist in focus Gayle Mason demonstrates the art of Emaki.
Mundaring Arts Centre artist in focus Gayle Mason demonstrates the art of Emaki.

WOODBRIDGE artist Gayle Mason is inspiring visitors with her ethereal Emaki – a 10-metre long picture scroll in the ancient Japanese tradition.

Mason creates her Emaki one metre at a time and so far has unrolled about three metres.

Inspired by Japanese artist Mayako Nakamura, Mason makes her marks in charcoal, pastel, graphite, acrylic and ink.

Exhibition administrator Clare Stroud said the scale of the work evokes a feeling of peace in those who view the work at Mundaring Arts Centre.

Mason uses the Emaki drawing/scroll format to introduce a different way to educate and help people facilitate their thoughts and feelings through natural mark making.

“People find the size of the work quite daunting but once they are introduced to the fun of the ‘hands on’ experience they love the freedom of natural mark making,” Mason said.

“To work on a large, life size drawing where you can totally immerse yourself into the drawing works like a meditation… it can work more like art therapy in solving life’s mysteries.”

Mason has added to her skill base in graphic design over the years through study at Polytechnic West and mentorships with Western Australian artists including Ian de Souza and Stuart Elliott.

She has travelled to Malaysia and Shanghai to work with Jolly Koh.

Mason works from her studio at Artsource Midland and exhibits in a number of shows, most recently winning the Works on Paper Award in this year’s Melville Art Award.

The artist in focus will be in residence in gallery two at the arts centre from 11am to 3pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until November 8.

As well as sharing her story and demonstrating technique, Mason will host workshops for school groups on Friday, November 6.

Book on 9295 3991, at 7190 Great Eastern Hwy or www.mundaringarts centre.com.au.