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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.


decorative arts - fiber

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - silk


About Kiyomi Iwata

Born: Kobe, Japan 1941

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