Portfólio: Marjan Krebelj
Dear Japan is my homage to traditional Japanese art. In this series I research human relationship with nature and oneself. The purpose is to create atmospheric and contemplative images (a kind of visual haiku), which will question certain assumptions of the western thought. The main inspiration comes from sumi-e (ink wash painting) of Muromachi, Momoyama and Edo period, and from books like In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki. Big influences come also from the western tradition, the names like Dante, Rembrandt, Turner and van Gogh spring to my mind among the first. Especially van Gogh is a major influence in the third chapter, not only as a painter but also as philosopher and writer.