Monday, December 5, 2011

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sketches from "Gifts of the Sultans" MFAH

................Sketches from Gifts of the Sultans, a fantastic show at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  Small illustrations from book plates have entire worlds of color and detail contained in 6"x 8" space. When I first saw the giraffe I thought he was wearing a Missoni sweater.  I've had dreams with animals that have unusual patterns on their hide or skin, so there was an immediate familiarity and attraction to the image.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ayako Miyawaki: Radishes+ onions = state of mind?

When I saw these images they immediately seemed familiar, in that they characterize different ways ideas formulate in my mind. The radishes (top) spring from a single point, branching into dendrites upward and outward. The onions are made of complex patterns contained within a whole. The co-existence of these two ways of thinking resonates strongly for me, not only in my mind, but also in the actual physical environment of my daily life:

These textiles are by a Japanese artist named Ayako Miyawaki. They are from a catalog of an exhibition of her work in 1991 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C.
The first work is "Hinona Radishes" 1978, the second is called "Purple Onions" 1966.