Ikat Box

Media - 2003.25 - SAAM-2003.25_1 - 64845
Copied Kay Sekimachi, Ikat Box, 1996, linen and acylic paint, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund, 2003.25

Artwork Details

Ikat Box
Not on view
105 125 12 in. (25.414.014.0 cm)
Credit Line
Museum purchase through the Renwick Acquisitions Fund
Mediums Description
linen and acylic paint
Object Number

Artwork Description

Kay Sekimachi started making small woven boxes in the late 1970s for an exhibition of miniature textiles in England. She first makes a paper model of each box to see how the folds work and if the shape can stand on its own. In Ikat Box and Hako #5 (see 1998.122.20), she created cubes from natural linen and added detail with black thread and paint. The precise creases and rigid structure evoke origami, the art of folding paper into different shapes, which Sekimachi "just grew up knowing" in her Japanese American home. These elegant boxes also recall Japanese architecture, which focuses on creating peaceful tiny spaces within hectic city environments, and may symbolize Sekimachi's desire for a private space of her own.