Floating World, Karen LaMonte

Oct. 6 – Dec. 16, 2017

Supported by Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, Austin Art Projects, and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

“In all of my artwork, I have been exploring the idea of beauty.  It is a fascinating way to study the values of people and society.  From 1999 until 2007, my artwork focused on exploring the idea of beauty through western dresses in cast-glass inhabited by absent bodies.  In 2007, I decided to look at beauty through a unique cultural lens, that of Japan and the Kimono.  The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission awarded me a seven-month research fellowship.

The fellowship allowed me to live in Kyoto and study every aspect of kimono making.  I lived in Nishijin where I learned about weaving, yuzen dying, and even how to properly wear a kimono.  I returned to my studio to focus on the material realization of the new works.  The entire process took about seven years and resulted in a body of work I call the Floating World.  I worked with four materials: rusted iron, cast bronze, ceramic, and cast glass.”
                                                                                                                       Karen LaMonte, October 23, 2013

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