|| IMAGES OF NATURE
Bob & Fox Gallery - University
Left to right: "A Night Becomes a Day", "Twig
in plug", "Exhibition View"
This show was exhibited at Bob & Fox Gallery, University
of Pennsylvania, presented by MFA Forum "Images of Nature
CECILIA PAREDES / KEIKO MIYAMORI - visiting residence artists
at Graduate program."
Layers of Space
by David Bowes
The transferred objects is nothing more
than a surface impression, and that is what connects it to
the rest of the world. This connection is one of layers of
- Keiko Miyamori
A thin, arching transmission-branch spans two chairs, composing
what can be seen as a "wrapped magnetic field",
passing between object and objet. No one sits here; in a conversation
which never took place.
This is Keiko Miyamori's medium of expressing exchange. Abandoned
chairs sit. Plus, like the thousands used daily to draw electrons
from far away, sprout on their own, toward the power of the
sun. Forgotten objects re-evolve, reaching back to nature
with the same conductivity that gave them "life"
before they became commodities.
Elements of vegetable, animal, and mineral cover the objects
and re-make them. The traditional Japanese employment of carbon,
a crucial component of Miyamori'swork, is passed over the
surface of each object, creating a new layer with each pass.
These are charcoal-rubbings, or "frottage." Frottaged
papers that hang like libraries, created in places apart,
are strung together, next to the spaces between them. It is
this space that Keiko seeks to convey a message of imagination
and creation; spaces existing in our minds and memories. These
works are from "elsewhere" a dialog of spaces.
About Keiko Miyamori
by MFA Forum
Keiko Miyamori studied at the University of Tsukuba.
After getting MFA, she won the Grand prize of Painting and
later the Grand prize for Art in Paper, both in Japan. Before
coming to Pen in October 1998, her works were presented as
a winner of the installation artist at the Kasumi Tsukuba
Center, one of the famous buildings designed by Michel Graves
in Japan. In addition, to her work exhibited here, she has
completed a project with The Children's Hospital, which involved
the interchange of Keiko's work of frottage, rubbings of charcoal
on paper of objects or places, in response to the requests
of sick children and the frottage that these children made
of objects from the hospital environment. In April 1999, she
exhibited the result of this project on the hospital premises.