In Spring 2004, I participated in the 3month artist residency program at John Michael Kohler Art Center in Iron Foundry. I casted over 900 lb of iron sculptures, using the body parts of cultural pop icons with the characteristics of traditional iron work of Japan, making hybrid of East and West, new and old.

 

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Gold Sakura series
Gold Sakura series

Cast iron, cast brass, 2004. Iron castings created during residency at John Michael Kohler Arts/ industry program. I used the Sakura, the national flower of Japan, on popular cultural forms to combine new and old.

Gold Sakura series, bodies
Gold Sakura series, bodies

Cast iron, cast brass, 2004. Iron castings created during residency at John Michael Kohler Arts/ industry program. I used the Sakura, the national flower of Japan, on popular cultural forms to combine new and old.

Gold Sakura series, arms
Gold Sakura series, arms

Cast iron, cast brass, 2004. Iron castings created during residency at John Michael Kohler Arts/ industry program. I used the Sakura, the national flower of Japan, on popular cultural forms to combine new and old.

Gold Sakura series, hands
Gold Sakura series, hands

Cast iron, cast brass, 2004. Iron castings created during residency at John Michael Kohler Arts/ industry program. I used the Sakura, the national flower of Japan, on popular cultural forms to combine new and old.

Gold Sakura series, ears
Gold Sakura series, ears

Cast iron, cast brass, 2004. Iron castings created during residency at John Michael Kohler Arts/ industry program. I used the Sakura, the national flower of Japan, on popular cultural forms to combine new and old.

Gold Sakura series, ears
Gold Sakura series, ears

Cast iron, cast brass, 2004. Iron castings created during residency at John Michael Kohler Arts/ industry program. I used the Sakura, the national flower of Japan, on popular cultural forms to combine new and old.

Sakura series
Sakura series

Cast iron, cast brass, 2004

Sakura series, bodies
Sakura series, bodies

Cast iron, 2004. Iron castings created during residency at John Michael Kohler Arts/ industry program. I used the Sakura, the national flower of Japan, on popular cultural forms to combine new and old.

Sakura series, hands
Sakura series, hands

Cast iron, 2004. Iron castings created during residency at John Michael Kohler Arts/ industry program. I used the Sakura, the national flower of Japan, on popular cultural forms to combine new and old.