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Peer Gynt: Paintings by Satoko Motouji
March 28 • 10:00 am - May 12 • 5:30 pm• Free
In collaboration with Eugene Ballet, White Lotus Gallery is excited to present watercolor paintings by Satoko Motouji. Her paintings were inspired by the Norwegian play “Peer Gynt” and will be used in the scenic design of Eugene Ballet’s upcoming performances of Peer Gynt at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
“Every day I listened to the music composed by Grieg and painted,” Satoko noted. This project is an unusual one for Satoko as she normally creates visual images based upon her own thoughts and feelings. “I found it quite a heart-enriching process to develop images by responding to someone else’s story and music,” she said. Eugene Ballet Artistic Director Toni Pimble called Satoko’s scenic design work “groundbreaking” and “stunning.”
In addition to the scenic paintings, Satoko created watercolors of ballet dancers to further convey the sense of the story. Satoko explained, “Peer Gynt’s relationships with different women are the pillars of this ballet production. The female dancers represent his life experiences as well as the metaphor of his inner life: love, pride, desire, greed, purity and so forth.” She continued, “Although these human sentiments are universal, it takes time and space to realize who we are and to treasure what we already have.”
Satoko was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan and resides in Eugene. She came to the United States to study visual art. Her main interest has been the transient nature of all existence. She investigates that theme and the importance of the process of art making by using media such as sumi ink, handmade paper, watercolor and other tangible materials. She emphasizes the importance of maintaining a tactile relationship with the world around us, and tries to keep the balance between digital and analogue experience. She received her second Bachelor’s Degree, in Art History, from the University of Oregon and a MFA in Painting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.