21" x 11" x 11"
"As an artist, I am interested in the material, spatial and tactile qualities of objects, and find the conversion of visual information into digital content intriguing, not for the purpose of creating perfect replicas, but as an additional way to consider flaws in translating our perceptions and memories. In my recent work, I visually examine relationships between the East and West, nature and technology, and intimate and public worlds through the lens of my American background and extended education in Japan. Using imagery sourced from personal documentation or popular culture and art historical references, I tangle and laminate both time and location in sculptural form.
My recent work explores curiosity about hanazume—or “packed florals” – a pattern which incorporates Asian and European botanical patterns into the traditional wares of the region of Japan where I lived, and that stemmed from feudal era commodity exchange with Europe – representing the translation of cultural codes through ornament. Digital manufacturing tools have created a resurgence in dense, delicate or improbable decorative patterns and forms, which replicate the artisan virtuosity required to craft them in earlier eras. In this work details of precisely rendered 3D printed objects become hazed through the manual of press-molding and repetition, or overlaid with handmade components and the matrix of glaze—by layering colors, forms, and imagery I explore temporal and technological incongruencies, and parallel a perception of wandering."
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This piece is part of the exhibition Nuance: Craftsmanship, Imagination, Innovation, on view in the Sally D Francisco Gallery through May 19th. Purchased pieces can be picked up or shipped after this date.