UPCOMING EXHIBITION: SILK PROTECTION
EXHIBITION: SILK PROTECTION
DATES: MARCH 13 - 19, 2015
OPENING RECEPTION: MARCH 13, 6-8 PM
SPACEWOMb Gallery is pleased to present ‘Silk Protection’, Aomi Kikuchi’s second solo exhibition in New York. The newest series of her works are Kimonos made by Yuzen dyeing- a dyeing technique only using essences obtained from natural substances.
Yuzen dying is a traditional Japanese craft using paste to keep each pattern from mixing colors. Kikuchi dyes each pattern with different colors with a natural dye. Because the dye is unstable and takes a lot of labor, not many people have the patience. The artists uses this particular dying system because she sympathizes the way Japanese people used to think about how the extract would protect them. Extracts are the lives of creatures themselves. It is something that swims around in the bodies of animals and plants. Although it may sound cruel, kimonos which are dyed from living things somehow makes one feel relaxed. Each of the essences has it’s own smell and Kikuchi enjoys it like aromatherapy while she is working.
Aomi Kikuchi graduated from the Kyoto University of Art and Design and has been working in Japan. She has exhibited in various museums in Japan (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, The New National Museum & Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art) She has recently relocated to New York and is hoping to study more of the art scene in NYC while enhancing her works. She has had her first solo exhibition in New York at SPACEWOMb Gallery in June, 2014.
Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, March 13, 6-8 PM!