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Springfield Museums, Washi Transformed
June 18 - June 19
Washi Transformed presents over thirty highly textured two-dimensional works, expressive sculptures, and dramatic installations that explore the astonishing potential of washi (和紙), or handmade Japanese paper. For over 1,000 years, Japan has produced some of the world’s finest paper by employing strong natural fibers and exceptional production techniques passed down through generations. Recently, Japanese artists have reimagined the potential of this traditional medium, using its malleable yet sturdy qualities to create stunning works of contemporary art.
The nine contemporary artists featured in this exhibition – Hina Aoyama, Eriko Horiki, Kyoko Ibe, Yoshio Ikezaki, Kakuko Ishii, Yuko Kimura, Yuko Nishimura, Takaaki Tanaka, Ayomi Yoshida – all push the boundaries of Japanese washi through their use of texture, dimension, and scale, creating works that challenge assumptions about the nature of the material. The sculptures, installations, and wall pieces in this exhibition demonstrate the incredible resilience and versatility of the medium.
Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper was organized by Meher McArthur and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.