Introducing our latest collaboration with internationally acclaimed artist Gedvile, whose enigmatic prints will feature on two limited edition Matchali Matcha Tins.
Born in Lithuania, Gedvile now calls Hong Kong home. Her works represent her journey towards embracing new ways of living in unity and finding compassion for ourselves. These ideas are something that resonates with each of us at Matchali.
The intention behind each work of art is to serve as an ignition for healing and remembrance. Her creation process consists of repeating patterns of geometric shapes, a visual mantra followed by a prayer.
This ritualistic approach is in celebration of life as a playful and ever-evolving manifestation of cosmic consciousness. Her practice draws strong parallels with the art of the tea ceremony. The traditional rituals of whisking matcha are therapeutic on their own, whilst the purpose of contemplating alongside your matcha allows for moments of great reflection.
These works of art are an important reminder that the world is a far-reaching place, and within ourselves are worlds of their own that must be cared for. The two artworks, Peace and Rays, were each selected for their strong connection to nature and their messages of harmony.
There are many intentions behind the drinking of matcha; it may be to embrace daily rituals, a way to begin a meditative practice or to simple enjoy the health benefits this superfood provides. Both artworks make a beautiful totem to reflect upon while enjoying a healthy bowl of matcha.
Peace (paper, mixed media, 68 x 110 cm, 2018)
Peace depicts the vibrancy of living nature in its cyclical cycles of growth and transformation. It combines the elements of water, wind and earth, working in harmony to birth new life. Peace embraces the beauty of life in how it sustains and nourishes our human self. Peace reminds us of the teachings behind wabi-sabi; that beauty can be found in all stages of life. For example, the spring months have great abundance, but there is also much beauty to be seen as the winter chills the leaves on a tree. This ideology lends itself to the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, where tools and surroundings take on a rustic simplicity over lavish items to highlight the perfection found in imperfection.
Rays (paper, acrylic, pencil, 68 x 110 cm, 2019)
Rays portrays the luminous presence of the sun in its full power and brilliance. As a vital energy source, the sun extends out in all directions, permeating and nourishing all of nature from the greatest rolling mountains down to the tiniest seeds just beginning to breach the soil. This piece takes us back to the tea fields where matcha leaves are grown. Purposefully placed under shade so that their leaves compensate for the low-light, even still, the sun’s muted glow helps to coax that signature bright green hue outwards.