The World of Fujiko Isomura

"Some wine, a Chicken Chair, and thou"
Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowsihp award-winners exhibit at Promega
by Lori Veit

Selection from P. 12, Fitchburg STAR, Fitchburg, WI. , 10.19.00.

Dural Identities, Promega Gallery, Fitchburg, WI.

...Isomura's exciting and playful prints juxtapose traditional Japanese culture with modern American iconography such as the Peanuts cartoon characters. She grew up in Tokyo, now lives in Madison, and excels at the Asian art of printmaking. Her works are autobiographical studies of a woman attempting to fuse two starkly different cultures into one psyche. In one print a Geisha plays with cartoon cat Garfield. In another she sits at the table of Norman Rockwell's famous 1943 painting Freedom From Want. Her Journey Within renders a more melancholy look at trying to integrate herself into western culture - a Geisha in a jar in a jar. She doesn't look frightened, just tired and perplexed. The work if Dutch metal, copper and silver leaf acrylics, graphic and inkjet print on paper and measures 21-b-31 inches.

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