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Spider Lily Red – Flare 1

Dress with a dyed lily petal on the beach.

Spider Lily Red – Flare 1 (2017) – Acid dye on silk.

A hand painted dress on the beach.
A hand painted dress on the beach.

Flare, as in, enliven.

A hand painted dress on the beach.

You would not find Spider Lilies at florists. They flower in fields in early fall as every other flowering plant withers, giving their distinctive red the perfect stage with no competing colors.

Since fall 2012 I have observed the lilies closely, especially through capturing their petals in macro photographs, as the ideas for this series crystallized.
The petals, about an inch long at most, while remaining nearly motionless – there are some, as they progressively curl – they manage to emanate the inspirative fluidity just as dynamic as that of the Ocean.

This is the first of the two-piece series with one half of a petal painted, on a slip, a type of garment designed to be worn closest to the skin not always intended to be seen by others, to enfold but also to express inwardly, to speak into oneself, in this case the language of the red lilies of the field, and of the universal, inspirative Fluidity.

Making of the series has been documented on this website.

A hand painted dress on the beach.

A flower petal dye drawing detail.
A flower petal dye drawing detail.
A flower petal dye drawing detail.

A flower petal dye drawing.

A dress with a lily petal drawing on night beach.

Above: Nightfall (2017, in association with the Ocean)

Flag Series

An abstract patch work.

Being in the moment is looking at a national flag and seeing a piece of cloth.

An abstract patch work.

Flag Series (2003- ) was born out of my fondness for weathered materials.

Few decades back, I found an old American flag in a dusty pile at a thrift store. Over time as I examined the material, transiency I saw woven into the fading fabric spoke to me that, with all it had seen, what remains is only the beauty of life, pulsating in this moment.

By scissoring National flags, I do not intend to dishonor the Nations or the feelings of those who stand behind them. This is not an act of protest.
Rather, by using the Flags as a mere, yet uniquely attractive material in forms nearly unrecognizable of their origins, I wish to abandon the roles assigned to them so as to bring forth the tales of their individual histories.

古布への愛着からうまれたシリーズ。

20数年前古着屋で見つけたアメリカ国旗の質感や色合いから伝わってきた、その布の持つ時を経た重みを感じ取るうちに、国をしょって立つ役割を負い辿ってきたであろうその布の、個としての歴史に光をあてたいと願うようになり制作に至った。

国旗を素材として加工することにより、その国ないし国を愛する感情を侮辱する、または政治的な発言をする意図は全くない。
あえていうならば、『国旗』を感じさせない作品に仕上げることで、社会において与えられた役割から距離を置き、素材の固の独自性をとらえ美術的に表現することが当方の目指すところである。

A patch worked bikini.

From top:
Flag Bag – detail (2006)
Flag Bag with fringed strap (2006)
Suzi Q Bikini Top (2003)

A patch worked bikini.

Last Edited: November 27, 2020