Momiji (Autumn maple leaves)18cm×18cm
Many of Junko Takao’s works of art evoke images of Western glass moldings, such as those of art nouveau and art deco. On this piece, the artist has depicted momiji (autumn maple), which is a motif that evokes the most Japanese of images, but what we see here is not just a simple nod to the designs of the Rimpa school, but also a sensitivity that links to the aforementioned European art. Additionally, in this piece, the concentration of leaves lessens as you go to the bottom part of the vase with its blank spaces, and the bottom is brought together with a pattern of green glowing balls. Here the artist shows her outstanding sense of style in using the effects of blank space, which is a characteristic of the Japanese sense of form.