Japanese textile artist and associate professor of textile design at the Okayama Prefectural University in Japan, Kumiko Namba, exhibits some of her work at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, NM from August 24 to September 29, 2007, with an opening reception on Friday, August 24, from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Namba’s contemporary wall hangings woven in traditional Ikat and Kasuri techniques have been shown at numerous exhibits in New Mexico, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Virginia, Michigan, Vancouver, and Japan. The pieces shown at the Peters Gallery explore fleeting moods of spring and summer, incorporating through warp and weft an ancient form of Japanese poetry, called tanka.
Tanka poems traditionally evoke a certain moment, and their form is likened to a short song. Kumiko’s work thus masterfully fuses poetry, music, color, texture etc. into a gentle and rich visual experience.