Floating World, Karen LaMonte
Oct. 6 – Dec. 16, 2017
“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