I am attracted to objects which retains their cultural identities, obvious stereotypes. I am curious about  the mixing of cultures through their commodities ; how the objects from different cultures influence and impact one another. In particular, the intertwining of the contemporary cultures of Japan and America. I have been exploring traditional cast iron patterning from Japanese Nanbu Ironware while considering pop cultural forms. Small bronze sculptures and drawings demonstrates the melding of cultural signifiers through commodities, and are part of an ongoing study and examination of visual languages; creating hybrids of the past and present, from the East and West.

 

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object study 2006
object study 2006

Bronze cast,8" x 5" x 5", The “bumps” on Japanese iron tea kettles are there to retain more surface area to help keep the tea warm. Inspired by this design which came from a functional purpose with obvious cultural identity, I combined the old traditional object with pop cultural forms.

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object study 2006
object study 2006

Bronze cast,8" x 5" x 5", The “bumps” on Japanese iron tea kettles are there to retain more surface area to help keep the tea warm. Inspired by this design which came from a functional purpose with obvious cultural identity, I combined the old traditional object with pop cultural forms.

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object study 2006
object study 2006

Bronze cast,8" x 5" x 5", The “bumps” on Japanese iron tea kettles are there to retain more surface area to help keep the tea warm. Inspired by this design which came from a functional purpose with obvious cultural identity, I combined the old traditional object with pop cultural forms.

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object study 2006
object study 2006

Bronze cast,8" x 5" x 5", The “bumps” on Japanese iron tea kettles are there to retain more surface area to help keep the tea warm. Inspired by this design which came from a functional purpose with obvious cultural identity, I combined the old traditional object with pop cultural forms.

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object study 2006
object study 2006

Bronze cast,8" x 5" x 5", The “bumps” on Japanese iron tea kettles are there to retain more surface area to help keep the tea warm. Inspired by this design which came from a functional purpose with obvious cultural identity, I combined the old traditional object with pop cultural forms.

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object study 2006
object study 2006

Bronze cast,8" x 5" x 5", The “bumps” on Japanese iron tea kettles are there to retain more surface area to help keep the tea warm. Inspired by this design which came from a functional purpose with obvious cultural identity, I combined the old traditional object with pop cultural forms.

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object study 2006
object study 2006

Bronze cast,8" x 5" x 5", The “bumps” on Japanese iron tea kettles are there to retain more surface area to help keep the tea warm. Inspired by this design which came from a functional purpose with obvious cultural identity, I combined the old traditional object with pop cultural forms.

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object study 2006
object study 2006

Bronze cast,8" x 5" x 5", The “bumps” on Japanese iron tea kettles are there to retain more surface area to help keep the tea warm. Inspired by this design which came from a functional purpose with obvious cultural identity, I combined the old traditional object with pop cultural forms.

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object study: drwaing 2006
object study: drwaing 2006

9"x9",pencil on paper. Japanese tea kettle inspired objects with pop cultural parts were further explored in drawings. To give more obvious cultural identity, the drawings were framed with Japanese lacquered like frames.

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