Enjoy a screening of Miss Hokusai, a lecture by Professor Phillips of UW Madison that focuses on the famous artist behind The Great Wave off Kanagawa and his equally brilliant daughter, and try out your own artistic skills during a traditional Japanese printmaking workshop!
As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches – sold under the name of her father – are coveted by upper crust Lords and journeyman print makers alike. Shy and reserved in public, in the studio O-Ei is as brash and uninhibited as her father, smoking a pipe while sketching drawings that would make contemporary Japanese ladies blush. But despite this fiercely independent spirit, O-Ei struggles under the domineering influence of her father and is ridiculed for lacking the life experience that she is attempting to portray in her art. Miss Hokusai‘s bustling Edo (present day Tokyo) is filled with yokai spirits, dragons, and conniving tradesmen, while O-Ei’s relationships with her demanding father and blind younger sister provide a powerful emotional underpinning to this sumptuously-animated coming-of-age tale.
Katsushika Oei was the daughter and assistant of her father Hokusai, one of the giants of ukiyo- e. We can never know exactly how large a role she played in his prodigious artistic output, but it surely included producing designs that went out under his signature. Of much more interest, however, are the ten prints that bear her own signature and show her personal style as well as the way she adapted to increasing exposure to Western pictorial style.
Professor Gene Phillips is a professor from Department of Art History who specializes in Japanese Art.
A traditional Japanese printmaking lesson!
Traditional Japanese printmaking is also known as woodblock printing. This style of printing uses a wooden block that is carved with a design or image. The block is then pressed into one color of ink and then pressed on to paper to create the print. Prints can range from one layer of black ink to multiple layers of colored ink.
MISS HOKUSAI (2015) SCREENING
Feb. 27th 7:30-9PM at Marquee Theater, Union South
LECTURE: Katsushika Oei: More than Miss Hokusai
by Professor Gene Phillips
Mar. 1st 6:15-7PM at Room L140, Elvehjem Building
WOODBLOCK PRINTING WORKSHOP
Mar. 2nd 6-8PM at Wheelhouse Studios, Memorial Union