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Arlene Wilson - Mono Ki, The Language of the Kimono

Arlene Wilson

March 6 - May 28, 2017
Art Case, A/B Waiting Lounge
Arlene Wilson’s career in art took a circuitous path. After a decade in medical technology came 15 years of historic preservation. She established a stained-glass studio in Arkansas, which created custom windows installed in churches, chapels and homes throughout the U.S. Next, she graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles. In the 20 years to follow, she founded AW Art to Wear as well as Alb & Altar, which created original church altar cloths and attire. She presently incorporates her past artwork and love of the disappearing natural world into mixed media abstract paintings.
About MONO KI: The Language of the Kimono
Wilson states, “For centuries, the Noh and Kabuki theater disciplines have existed in Japan, characterized by rigid stylization, extravagant use of color and richness of textiles. Also, from this culture evolved an anti-aesthetic called wabi-sabi, which reveres rustication and decay, celebrating the incomplete, the imperfect, the modest and humble.
I found the co-existence of these two aesthetics fascinating and inspiring, because they simultaneously reflect a culture where things can ‘become or evolve’ in contrast to the actionbased Western World. It was my desire to follow the Japanese mindset in the execution of this body of work, a textile journal of my travels in Japan. The eternal Mono Ki, or thing to wear, became the tableau.”

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