Rieko Hotta’s Obelisk paintings is an ongoing series of works. They are minimalistic, executed with meticulous and precise strokes in the old traditional technique, Tempera. It enables various expressions depending on its use, however, due to the quite delicate nature of the technique, it is not suitable for thick layering, which Hotta finds a challenge in. It is its unique and beautiful tones, that keeps her interest in this technique. With meticulous and precise strokes using a palette knife, Hotta scrapes the structural lines and geometrical patterns in the picture plane, leaving the paintings to a monochrome, silent – almost meditative aesthetics.