March 1, 2024


Sublime Arts Bar None

hood virtual exhibit has creatives interpret interviews as art pieces

Iowa City artist Satomi Kawai photographed demonstrating her wearable art piece, "Always on the Quiet Side."

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.