Hiromi Ashlin

Hiromi’s massive Town of Pearl #2 was created as an institutional piece specifically for her exhibition at the Australian Embassy. It is a fusion of her cross-cultural heritage as a citizen of Australia born in Japan.

The Japanese-inspired elements of “Town of Pearl #2” are largely technical in nature, demonstrating Hiromi’s masterful use of traditional origami materials. Large petal origami is employed throughout in a severely limited palette of natural colors that have been infused with delicate incense burning throughout. Hiromi’s “Australian” contribution to “Town of Pearl #2 is predominately thematic. She readily identifies with and incorporates the traditional Australian Aboriginal motif of viewing her “country” (Broome, WA) from the sky, depicting a landscape of hills, valleys and songlines signifying Broome’s location within the traditional lands of the Aboriginal Yawuru people.

Hiromi’s powerful “Town of Pearl #2” commemorates Broome’s physical beauty while testifying to the complex and sometimes difficult adjustments among Australia’s diverse ethnic populations.

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Aboriginal men and women in remote communities across Australia are creating some of the most compelling and innovative art in the world; it is radical, contemporary, beautiful and alive. Gallery Sydney-East is privileged to represent the finest established and newly emerging Australian Aboriginal artists, and to be involved in introducing them to audiences in the United States.

Hiromi’s powerful “Town of Pearl #2” commemorates Broome’s physical beauty while testifying to the complex and sometimes difficult adjustments among Australia’s diverse ethnic populations.