Using the idea of Shakkei informs Abe’s site-specific display of paintings. Her paintings are abstracted landscapes and memories which emerge from her perspectives on living in Florida and Japan. In “Borrowed Landscape” the artist focuses on the relationship of the viewer inside and outside of painted spaces. Landscapes or gardens are often viewed from a particular vantage point, but in this installation, the viewer is on the outside looking in, adding another layer of complexity to the relationship.
Shakkei 借景, a Japanese term describing 17th century borrowed scenery, is the principle for incorporating background landscape into the composition of a garden, found in traditional East Asian garden design.
About the Artist
Harumi Abe is a Japanese native artist who has shown her works extensively in South Florida such as AIRIE Nest in the Everglades National Park, David Castillo Gallery, Hollywood Art and Culture Center and Museum of Art Ft. Lauderdale and more.
Her works have been collected by Girls Club Collection, Liza and Arturo Mosquera Collection and other private collections. Abe received South Florida Cultural Consortium in 2008 and attended residencies at South Florida Art Center, Vermont Studio Center, Everglades Artist and Residence Program and Dickinson House Residency in Belgian.
Abe holds MFA from Florida International University. She has taught art at many south Florida Colleges and was a full time, painting professor at Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, Harumi is working from her home studio in Hollywood, FL.