"Painting is in poetry, and poetry is in painting" is a distinct feature of Sahomi Naka's art which is being exhibited at Montpelier Arts Center through April 27.
In illustrating a series of works titled "Home Sweet Home," for example, the printmaker conveys a romantic and sentimental landscape. "It means Japan is my sweet home," says Naka. "And, that is everything about the spirit of Japan."
Naka's "Home Sweet Home" series shows giant woody-stalked bamboo in the foreground. In the background, a winding garden path leads the viewer pass crops and ponds to a tea room at the top of a mountain. Naka emphasizes simple, subdued colors and style.
Next to the series are short poetic lines written in Japanese. Its English translation reads: "Listen to the Heart. That is where you live. It is deep and beautiful."
In her exhibit, Naka experiments with different approaches and techniques to printmaking, using traditional methods in new hybrid ways, according to Montpelier's news release. More than half of the 18 works in the exhibit are woodgraphs. Other mediums include mixed media and wood engravings.
Naka says that her greatest desire is for viewers "to make their own song" from her artwork.
Through her works that depicts places and gatherings -- whether catching a train, flying a kite, experiencing a tea room or sightseeing in D.C. -- viewers should not feel a loss for words.
Art by Sahomi Nakawill be on view through April 27 at Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, MD; 301-377-7800;