Vibrations of Trees and Water

Mika Horie, Japanese, born 1984



Cyanotype on handmade gampi washi paper


Overall: 24 × 35 13/16 in. (61 × 91 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Robert J. Strasenburgh II 1942 Fund. Selected by participants in the seminar "Museum Collecting 101": Hannah Beitchman, Class of 2026; Gabriel M. Chang-Deutsch, Class of 2025; Ava B. Hill, Class of 2022; Miaoxuan Huang, Class of 2026; Roman A. Jimenez, Class of 2026; Maya Kempf-Harris, Class of 2023; Mone Kinjo, Class of 2024; Jiayi Le, Class of 2024; Keyue Li, Class of 2026; Sehwan Lim, Class of 2024; Lin Lin, Class of 2026; Elise Little, Class of 2026; Karina Esperanza Montiel, Class of 2024; Hosaena Tenebeb Tilahun, Class of 2025; Grace C. Zanni, Class of 2026



Place Made: Yamanaka Onsen, Kaga, Japan


21st century

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This blue-tinted image of the reflection of trees on water is intentionally provincial, in that it was created with local flora, water, and sunlight. It engages on multiple levels with the landscape where Mika Horie lives: Yamanaka Onsen, Kaga, Japan. She not only roots the image itself in the local but also collects nearby wild gampi branches to make a traditional form of handmade paper. Horie then prints her photographs onto the paper using the early cyanotype printing process, which activates iron salts to create blue-tinted prints on a support. This photograph was selected by Dartmouth students during the 2023 Museum Collecting 101 program on landscape.

From the 2024 exhibition An Instant Out of Time: Shaping a Collection, curated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography

Exhibition History

An Instant Out of Time: Shaping a Collection, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 20-July 21, 2024.


Ibasho Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium; sold to present collection, 2023.

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