Philosopher's Walk Kyoto
48 x 48 inches
Encaustic on wood
Anastessia Bettas Artist Statement for Journeys in Japan
Elaine Fleck Gallery
FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 11, 2019
My practice engages an ongoing investigation into the topography of remote landscapes juxtaposed with urban sprawl and the loss of open space. I create dreamlike imaginary territories by capturing the energy and tension between geographical areas using grids to evoke maps, satellite images, architectural structures and migration.
These paintings were created as a reaction from my trip to Japan last summer. The first half of 2018 left me emotionally and mentally drained after losing two family members a month apart. My trip to Japan was planned as an anniversary celebration but it became a journey of healing which was unexpected. After travelling around the country visiting historical and religious sites, I returned home with a renewed sense of inner peace and regained my focus and energy. This became my motivating force to produce paintings to share my personal response to these extraordinary places.
“Philosopher’s Walk, Kyoto” 48”x48”Encaustic on wood panel; 2019
The Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto is a renowned area to visit and considered a place for meditation. This walkway is a 2 km stone path along a canal that’s lined with cherry and maple trees. It’s named after prominent philosopher Kitaro Nishida because he would often take meditative walks along the path. The area offers a quiet, scenic and tranquil place where one can experience a spiritual journey.