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Mediated Pop: Fabric Collages
September 9-October 15, 2005

Ai Kijima

Visual culture has evolved over the centuries, impacted by social, political, technological and economic shifts. Nowhere has this been as apparent as in the exchange of visual language between the East and the West. Chinese export porcelain, chinoiserie, orientalism, japonerie, and anime are examples of altered visual traditions due to foreign influences.

Ai Kijima's fabric collages celebrate this cultural bouillabaisse. They range in scale from intimate to enormous, and draw on images as diverse as the '69 Dodge Charger from the American television series Dukes of Hazzard to elaborate, stylized dragons from Japanese kimonos. Meticulously stitched and quilted, her work is exuberant and refined, whimsical and thought-provoking.

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