Sumiko Eadon is a Japanese printmaker based in Leicestershire, UK. She started printmaking in Japan in the year 2000 with woodcut printing and wood engraving, then learnt various printmaking techniques in the UK. She completed her undergraduate degree in fine art at Loughborough University in 2013 obtaining a first class degree as a mature student and is currently working both collaboratively and independently in the East Midlands. Her work is mainly made at Leicester Print Workshop where she is based as one of the current artists in residence. She is also a member at LPW and a regular volunteer working closely with the studio team. Printmaking is in the narrative of her encounter with art. Its uncertainty, fortunate surprise and technical challenge interact with her thought process.
This CMYK screen print series is created as a part of Sumiko’s residency at Leicester Print Workshop. This “Our Big Move” residency is about the celebration of LPW’s move from their old premises to the new and large purpose-built building. The images used in the series are taken from the digital photographies of LPW’s old studios which had been emptied out for its move in November 2015. Two images of the same studio space taken from different angles are superimposed, resulting in from six to eight layers of the process colours. Her intention is to explore the sense of being/walking in the space created by the illusionary movement.
Sumiko is interested in the notion of emptiness and explores different aspects of it as a starting concept of her work. Emptiness, as she finds it, is behind every aesthetic notion of her culture and she pays attention to the hidden influence of it in her work, and is also interested in how it is relevant to the contemporary world and our lives. Her recent work is based on the concept that there is always temporality within the realm of emptiness. It is usually inspired by a particular place and space (particularly an empty space), and employs photographic images which are conjured into prints. The tension between stillness/movement, and dialogue between past/present/future within the image are the key area of exploration and aesthetic intention. As such, Gaston Bachelard’s ‘The Poetics of Space’, in which he explores imagination prompted by confined space, and the emotive and still-like transitions in the films of Yasujiro Ozu are part of the inspiration.