Picking up where we left off in our review of this year’s BFA art shows from Japan, we present to you a tree made from washi paper. In an act of reverse engineering, printmaking student Takumi Sato took over 100 imprints of tree bark – which is used to make washi paper – and then imprinted them back into washi paper itself. He then tiled the paper together and hung it from the ceiling, creating a hollow yet larger-than-life tree.
Sato’s massive tree titled kyo (虚), meaning not real or empty, was part of Musashino Art University’s senior thesis show. It was on display earlier this year.
(this post is part of our review of student artwork from 2014 senior thesis exhibitions. You can see all our coverage of student artwork here)