Kate T. Williamson: A Year in Japan
We are pleased to present a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Kate T. Williamson celebrating the details of life in Japan. Williamson aims to convey a larger sense of Japan and the beauty--both ornate and everyday--that can be found everywhere. The perfect complement to the Cherry Blossom Festival, these works on paper, oil paintings, and matchbox dioramas present a multi-faceted look at Japan.
"In 2001, I received a fellowship to study art in Japan for a year. This year changed my life. Living in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, I filled notebook after notebook with observations and sketches of Japan--its colors, patterns, landscapes, and seasons. From decorative washcloths to elegant kimonos, from moon-viewing to sumo wrestling, there is beauty--both old and new--everywhere. Much is made of Japan as a land of contradictions, but I found one constant theme was deliberateness: everything--from pouring tea to sweeping a sidewalk--was done with care. The work in this exhibit--more recent work as well as art created for A Year in Japan, a book I wrote and illustrated about Japanese visual culture--aims to capture, through specific moments, something of the larger feeling of Japan."
Born in Washington, DC, Williamson lives and works in New York City. She studied filmmaking and painting at Harvard University. She is the author and illustrator of A Year in Japan (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006) and At a Crossroads: Between a Rock and My Parents' Place (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008). Williamson has worked on private commissions and has contributed illustrations to national publications. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in its annual exhibitions.