18ki Auric Grid Fold, Kiyomi Iwata, aluminum mesh, french embroidery knots, gold leaf, silk organza, 19" x 18" x 10", 2013, $6,800
19ki Southern Crossing Five, Kiyomi Iwata, Kiyomi Iwata, woven kibiso dyed, painted and stiffened, 87" x 60" 2014, $8,700
8ki Red Nova Three, Kiyomi Iwata, silk organza, 39" x 29" x 5", 2009, $14,000
4ki Revolving 2, Kiyomi Iwata, silk organza, 45" x 9" x 5" 114.25cm x 23cm x 12.75cm, 2005, $7,000
14ki Red Aperture, Kiyomi Iwata, silk, 59" x 17" x 14", 2009, $9,000
Selected collections and exhibition venues: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York; De Young Museum, San Francisco, California; Musée Cantonal Des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne Switzerland (International Biennial of Tapestry); Savaria, Museum, Szombathely, Hungary (International Biennial of Miniature Textiles); Renwick Gallery, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Cleveland Museum of Arts, Ohio (Small Works in Fiber, traveling exhibition); Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin; Newark Museum, New Jersey; Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Providence; Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; Erie At Museum, Pennsylvania; Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Japan Society, New York, New York (Fiber Futures: Japan's Textile Pioneers; catalogs)
6ki Aric Grid Hanging with Tank Ten, Eleven and Twelve, DETAIL
After decades of living in the United States, I am still surprised that my work continues to be influenced by the cultural tradition of my up-bringing in Japan. In my work, I explore the boundaries of East and West through absence and presence, void and volume.
Water, Earth and Sky is created with silk organza. The bottom represents water, the heavily embellished gold area, earth, and the upper section, sky. The translucent and transparent qualities of silk organza express the mysterious nature of Water, Earth and Sky, our universe.