From practicing Zumba to examining her have cultural background, Satomi Kawai is interrogating notions of womanhood.
“My piece is … primarily based on my study of one particular of the Japanese aged customs of blackening teeth,” Kawai, an Iowa Metropolis artist who graduated from the College of Iowa with a Learn of High-quality Arts degree in 2006. “I was curious about how my behavior and how (I have been socialized) as a Japanese woman will come from old customs.”
Her wearable artwork piece “Constantly on the Silent Side,” is not only motivated by the practice teeth blackening but is also commentary on “the stereotype of Japanese women” as “modest and obedient,” Kawai discussed.
Practicing Zumba further prompted her to examine and question actual physical properties and body styles culturally connected with womanhood in her artwork. In exploring the theme, Kawai started to grow to be interested in how persons from various cultures conceptualize their own womanhood.
In 2018, she started to job interview many others, a approach that has culminated in a new multi-media job that eventually will come to fruition this 7 days.
“Female: hood” is Kawai’s newest digital show which goes on the net Tuesday, obtainable by means of her web site: satomikawai.com
The virtual exhibit is comprised of interviews with 10 Iowa-based mostly girls. These interviews, just about every of which initially ran roughly an hour-long, have been edited down to be introduced alongside artwork motivated by them.
“The artists who have designed do the job in reaction to this work contain myself, Satomi, Allison Heady and Dani Sigler,” said Vero Rose Smith, formerly at the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Artwork, now an artist primarily based out of Chicago. “So all of our perform will be shown on our internet site and have a small artist’s assertion about how the get the job done relates back again to the interviews that Satomi and Alison have finished more than the past couple of decades.”
Each and every artist took their personal strategy in interpreting the interviews as artwork pieces. Heady sat in on the interviews as they were conducted, beginning portraits of the interviewees which were being completed once the abridged interviews had been developed.
Smith herself experienced prepared to have a musical element to her pieces but ended up generating 10 wearable pieces of three-dimensional artwork with a unique term that synthesized each individual respective job interview for her.
“I like to do a whole lot of assessment specifically all around the linguistics and the text that persons use to describe their expertise,” she explained. “For a lot of of our interviewees (English) is their 2nd or 3rd or fourth language. The text that they decide on are so intentional.”
In addition to owning the digital exhibition on screen as a result of the month, there will also be a quick virtual Zoom reception for the art piece on Saturday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. Throughout the reception, artists will talk about their work.
Details concerning obtain to this function can be identified on its Facebook function web page “Digital Reception of ‘Woman: hood’ Iowa City.”
Though very little is as of nevertheless cemented, Kawai hopes to make this exhibit a recurring one particular. Her want is to have a further established of interviews be interpreted by artists once again in the potential.
“It’s essential to share our encounter and know every single other and understand each and every other,” Kawai mentioned. “If we pass our facts to several people today we can share working experience and then understand each and every other.”