Artist Mariko Kuwahara at Shiro Oni Studio art residency in Japan

Artist in Residency: Mariko Kuwahara

“Blue Stone”
The city of Onishi is well-known for its blue coloured stones called “Sanbaseki”, which are used for Japanese gardens. Thanks to the booming stone business in the ’70s and ’80s in Japan, the city as well as some of the stone sellers, became extremely wealthy . Although the boom is gone, you can still find many blue stones on the street and at people’s house as you walk through the city. By tracing those stones which seem to be overlooked nowadays, the way of life of people in Onishi comes to light.

[Mariko’s Exhibition: Group 1, 2015]

[Artist Website]

桑原真理子
「青石」

鬼石は三波石と呼ばれる庭石として使われる青石が有名である。1970年代から1990年代にかけて、石のブームにより街が栄え、中には莫大な富を得た石屋もいた。石のブームが過ぎた今でも街中でたくさんの青石を庭先や道で見かけることができる。今では人々から見過ごされてしまっているこの石に焦点を当てることによって、鬼石の人々の生き様を垣間見ることができる。

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