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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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.