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Christina Oiticica Kumano Kodo Project

The quest for art and expressive ways are infinitive.

In conjuction with the joint promotion project between the Tanabe City Kumano Tourism Bureau and Turismo de Santiago de Compostela, the Brazilian artist Christina Oicitica visited Tanabe City.

Her medium is nature’s power. The original artistic technique used by Oiticica –a world-famous artist- is the transformation of what is known as “ecoart” or “land art” combined with painting, and is based on allowing nature to exercise an aesthetic effect on her works.

She is married to the famous Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho, who wrote the “Alchemist.”

Her art can’t be fully explained with words; however, this is the process.

She buries her canvas paintings in the earth and leaves them for a certain amount of time.

When she buries her art, she covers it with indigenous soil mixed with liquid & powder inks for additional colors. She also puts fallen leaves and dead branches in and around her canvasses. She lets natural phenomena complete her art works. It is a collaboration between her artistic expressions and nature.

During the burial period, there will be rainy and sunny days, maybe moles and worms will interact with the paintings as well. Her ground art and Kumano is a very good match, because her works gain additional power from the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route, which is a sacred site with its root in nature worship.

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) covered the burial event. This news will be distributed throughout NHK’s nationwide network in Japan.

We hope that more people will learn about the spirituality of Kumano and the importance of preserving it through Christina’s unique art and the philosophical process it involves.

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