Orange Box

  • Kiyomi Iwata, Orange Box, 1995, dyed, fabricated, and stiffened silk organza; metal thread, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist in honor of Hideko Hashimoto, 1997.80, ©1995 Kiyomi Iwata

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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.

Title
Orange Box
Artist
Date
1995
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
7 7/8 x 8 x 7 7/8 in. (20.0 x 20.3 x 20.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the artist in honor of Hideko Hashimoto

Mediums
Mediums Description
dyed, fabricated, and stiffened silk organza; metal thread
Classifications
Object Number
1997.80
Palette
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