Yuko Nasaka

Untitled

1964

Artist
Yuko Nasaka born 1938
Medium
Synthetic paint, plaster and glue on cotton, mounted on wooden board
Dimensions
Support: 1817 x 919 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by the Asia Pacific Acquisitions Committee 2017
Reference
T14778

Display caption

Nasaka was one of the few female artists associated with the Gutai group. Like other members of the group, she placed a great emphasis on the process of making an artwork. For this work, she placed each plaster panel onto a mechanical turntable inspired by a potter’s wheel. As it rotated, she carved patterns into the material using a palette knife. The recurring image of the circle suggests a timeless sense of harmony, while the dark-blue silver lacquer that she applied afterwards conveys a more industrial quality.

Gallery label, January 2019

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