Drawings by Catarina Quintas | Winner of the Fundação Oriente Artistic Creation Support Contest, 2021
“The quality that we call beauty… must always grow from the realities of life.”
— Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, in Praise of the Shadow
This exhibition is a journey through time in which each drawing is a window into the world of traditional Japan. Japanese culture has an endless beauty resulting from centuries of tradition and customs. Some of these customs were lost in time while others changed or gave way to new traditions.
Through Chinese ink and watercolor, Catarina Quintas sought to recreate everyday episodes and the spiritual dimension of the traditional Japanese world. Having been impossible to take from nature, these images are the result of research combined with the imagination of those who admire them from a distance of thousands of kilometers. This collection of drawings pays homage to a land of poets, Japan.