Mihara's abstraction, merging twisted curves with straight horizontal and vertical bands have become recognizable for his signature. They are always abstract, always sculptural. At times, they look like solid origami sculptures; at others, like ancient monuments; and always manifest in magnificent silhouettes. Their colors capture the magnificence of the Japanese landscape, so closed to his heart.
In the video below, created for the show, Mihara's sources and process are revealed, demonstrating his process of recreating nature. While it seems like he may be working from maquettes, Mihara rather creates everything directly from the clay. He never uses glazes or slips, but the colors are always in the clay itself, achieved by closely controlled gas-kiln firings of great intensity and length.
The exhibition at Lighthouse called Kanata will be on view through September 26th, 2020.