14 April – 28 May 2017
Dunedin artist Motoko Watanabe presents a collection of woven sculptures. The works on display deconstruct the weaving process by focussing on details of form and by moving beyond function. Initially trained in Japan as an illustrator, Watanabe started making small baskets at home from organic materials in her garden after the birth of her daughter. Ikebana (flower arranging) baskets are a traditional Japanese craft form. Watanabe has extended and expanded this craft into large sculptural forms. These are constructed from recycled and second-hand fabrics, which she says are plentiful and inexpensive but also fascinating as they have an unknown history. Her conscious use of these fabrics sees the raw materials become a central focus of the work.
Motoko Wantanabe, Untitled, 2015, recycled fabrics