maria umievskaya adds ancient drawings to modern japanese homes maria umievskaya adds ancient drawings to modern japanese homes
dec 26, 2014

maria umievskaya adds ancient drawings to modern japanese homes

maria umievskaya adds ancient drawings to modern japanese homes
house in gokurakuji — kawabe naoya architects
all images courtesy of maria umievskaya




polish artist maria umievskaya found herself interested in asian culture and has used her curiosity as a catalyst for a creative project; her series of digitally-manipulated images intersects art and architecture, traditional and modern, digital and tangible.


sketches of symbols and motifs stylistically similar to those found in ancient asian cultures have been added to the exterior facades of cutting-edge, contemporary japanese homes. using several buildings — in the typical style of houses currently popular in japan — umievskaya has visualized the idea, overlaying portraits, flowers and clothing onto the surface of the structure as if it has been hand-painted. the mural-like effect bridges two disciplines and time periods together, creating a mock-urban intervention in suburban japan, from her own studio in kiev. 

maria umievskaya sketches onto japanese house facades

paramos house — atelier nuno lacerda lopes

maria umievskaya sketches onto japanese house facades
casa nn — kozo yamamoto

maria umievskaya sketches onto japanese house facades
cube court house — shinichi ogawa & associates

maria umievskaya sketches onto japanese house facades
house k — hiroyuki shinozaki architects

maria umievskaya sketches onto japanese house facades
house on the hostert — uwe schroeder architekt







  • why is it that these days there is such a compulsion to slap an image on a blank plane? do we have graffiti to thank for this? these are lovely images but the blank planes are as well and are much more welcoming to the nuances of varying light

    dbkii says:
  • Its interesting to see the cross-pollination between graphic design and architecture and see it result in such a successful series of projects. In response to the comment above, I would offer that we are bombarded with super-sized graphics in our everyday life e.g., billboards, graffiti, signage, etc. and I think its something to be praised when its elevated to a more refined art; and at the very least should be praised for taking a critical stance on this as an urban (or non-suburan in this case) condition.

    a-aron says:
  • I think is brilliant. I love blank as I love filled…Different canvases allows different interactions… If discussion is started the artist accomplished her purpose.

    jb says:

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