Australian artist, Linda Dennis, presently teaching at Tokyo University
of the Arts and Joshibi University of Art & Design, is making artworks
based on the theme of “Touch”. Two years ago when visiting Kii-Nagashima in Kihoku-cho, Mie
Prefecture, after encountering fishing nets and experiencing hand sewing them,
she imagined the bonds between people through the many interwoven threads.
From then on, she has been
making large works from net, which can be touched. The work for this exhibition
was inspired by her visit to Toba in the 1980s when she saw Japanese female
divers, and “sukari” (net bags the divers use for their catch) that she saw during her
visit to Sea-Folk Museum. The exhibition title “Gather” includes references to this gathering from the ocean by the divers,
and the collection of the museum. Her work will be exhibited in the outdoor
area between Exhibition Hall A and Hall B.