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Orange Box

1995 Kiyomi Iwata Born: Kobe, Japan 1941 dyed, fabricated, and stiffened silk organza; metal thread 7 7/8 x 8 x 7 7/8 in. (20.0 x 20.3 x 20.0 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist in honor of Hideko Hashimoto ©1995 Kiyomi Iwata 1997.80 Not currently on view


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In Orange Box, Kiyomi Iwata gives a simple piece of fabric the power to tell a story. On one level, the wrinkled texture and frayed ends of the fabric suggest windblown flames. On another, the piece leads us to imagine a body consumed by fire, its structure and “skin” collapsing in the heat, while the intense color and near weightlessness of the silk evoke the release of spiritual energy.

Keywords

decorative arts - fiber

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - silk

metal

About Kiyomi Iwata

Born: Kobe, Japan 1941

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