Isa Hirano creates shoga or calligraphic paintings that originate, for her, in surrealism expressing “internal urges without any reference to established aesthetics or ethics by exploring the domains of the subconscious, irrationality, and unreality,” she writes on her website. Her work combines performance and dance with the product at the end a visual manifestation of the process. Though her work is steeped in classical calligraphy, I visualize Jackson Pollack throwing, pouring, splashing his colors on canvas and paper laid on the floor of his studio.
Hirano has created a synchronistic marriage of traditional and new, and pushed the written word through a kind of public meditation and kinesthetic dance. Incredibly provocative.