Artist Hiromi Tango’s ‘New Now’ creates a unique and healing space
In a year that has been undoubtedly turbulent, Hiromi Tango’s ‘New Now’ attempts to focus on the power of small things in creating hope and healing.
Using a mixture of light, textiles, paint and animation, ‘New Now’ demonstrates Hiromi’s engagement with colour, reflection and illumination.
“’New Now’ is my journey to accept and let go, to focus my energy to create a calm and harmonious now,” Hiromi said.
“Now is a moment that is constantly being renewed, and we have the opportunity to engage every moment as a brand new Now.”
Inspired by the double rainbows that are often seen in the Northern New South Wales region, Hiromi creates magic in this work. She says that the way these double rainbows are reflected on the water, creating an unbroken circle, had always fascinated her.
“I often reflect on how we can only see the rainbow after the rain and storm, and how for me this has become a symbol of resilience in such turbulent times,” she said.
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Gardening also played an important role in how Hiromi’s ‘New Now’ exhibit was conceived. She connects this to fond memories of her grandmother, who rarely spoke, but expressed love and care through her garden. Hiromi hopes that this similarly translates to those who view ‘New Now’, and that each person who sees her art brings their own perspective.
“My hope is that the audience is able to feel calm and safe, while at the same time experiencing the intense moment of energy woven into each work,” she said.
“It is my hope that the artworks are like plants and flowers in the garden where I can nurture healthy growth. I do hope my exhibition can help people in some way to process our collective experiences of the last year or so, so that we are better able to adapt to a new now.”
Hiromi at ‘Rainbow Circle- Healing Circles’ Exhibit, Brisbane Festival, Photographer: Joe Ruckli
As COVID-19 forced border closures, Hiromi wondered how she could stay connected with her family in Japan.
“I began to focus on the things we could still share even across the ocean”, Hiromi says, “I imagined a bird that could fly beyond borders, and the perspective of all the ways that nature can still connect us through this time.”
Hiromi says that during these times it is important to reflect on our relationship with nature, particularly in a busy, digital world.
“I wonder whether things like COVID restrictions have forced us to slow down and re-evaluate our priorities,” she says, “As people became confined to their homes, many rediscovered the joy of gardening, or simply going for a walk. I hope that we retain that connection with nature even as restrictions are eased.”
Head to Hiromi Tango’s website HERE to find out more about this exhibition.
Photography of the New Now exhibit by Aaron Anderson.