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"Concentrations 40: Maki Tamura"
2001-11-07 until 2002-03-03
Dallas Museum of Art
Maki Tamura, a 28-year-old artist, was born in Japan and lived in Indonesia many years before moving to the United States. Inspired by a wide range of influences such as Japanese wood block and ukiyo prints, Indonesian hand-printed textiles, East and Southeast Asian painting, and 19th- and 20th-century Japanese and Western children's book illustrations, Tamura creates playful yet challenging scroll paintings, chair covers, tapestries, miniature carousels, and dresses.
With her graceful scrolls (watercolor and linoleum print on mulberry paper and mounted on linen), which vary in length from 12 to 20 feet, she intertwines disparate images, forms, and figures—Japanese style blossoms, children’s book teddy bears, American dolls from the 1950s, and 18th-century French landscapes, for example—and elements of printing and painting techniques. In contrast to the Western tradition of collage, where diverse elements remain recognizable, Tamura’s scroll paintings unite diversity with poetic harmony. In the Contemporary Galleries.