TSUREZUREGUSA FOR VERMONT

OCTOBER 2016

 

featuring: MAMI TAKAHASHI

Japanese monk Yoshida Kenko’s famous 14th century collection Tsurezuregusa, or Essays in Idleness, encourages contemplation of impermanence through observation of the natural world.

 

In 2016, Mami Takahashi’s Tsurezuregusa for Vermont seeks to develop a deeper understanding of a physical environment by incorporating local plants and flowers into natural, handmade papers created during the artist's residency in Vermont.

 

Audio and visual representations of her collaborative poems, meditations on Kenko’s ideas transmuted into the 21st century, project Takahashi’s own experience of the American cultural landscape as a non-native English speaker.

 

Mami Takahashi is an artist and research scholar at the University of Oregon focusing on the conceptual understanding of Japanese aesthetics. Her recent work interrogates viewers’ perspectives on American-ness.

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