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|Program Type:||Global Learning Faculty-led||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Language Prerequisite:||No||Fields of Study:||Art, Art History|
Study Art and Art History in Japan
Art 396/AH396; 7 credits
Travel dates: June 19, 2014 – July 8, 2014
Join Julia Sapin (Asian and Pacific Art History) and Seiko Atsuta Purdue (Fibers/Fabrics) from Western’s Department of Art and study both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture focusing on Kyoto, Tokyo, and Fukui.
Learn more about this program:
Phone: (360) 650-3670
Office Location: FI 111
Seiko Atsuta Purdue is an Associate Professor in the Fibers/Fabrics area in the Department of Art at Western Washington University. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Kyoto Seika University in 1992, she came to the United States where she received an Master of Arts at Montclair State University and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
She has exhibited widely, including participating in shows in New York City, Washington State (Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Vancouver, Bellingham, Anacortes, and Bainbridge Island), Illinois (Chicago, Evanston, and Bloomington), Canada (several sites including Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec City), Japan (Fukui, Kurashiki, and Osaka), Kherson, Ukraine where she received second prize at Scythia 5, and Kaunas, Lithuania at the 5th International Kaunas Textile Art Biennial, among other locations.
In December 2005, she produced an art book as a 10-year retrospective of her ongoing art inquiry “Wish Tying.” In fall 2007 she co-curated a textile exhibition, “Fabric of Identity,” that investigates the representation of identities from a number of different perspectives. In 2011, she collaborated with her colleague Cara Jaye on an extension of the wish project, “Lofty Aspiration,” a large scale paper sculpture made for the 50th Anniversary of the Viking Union at Western. Most of her work is installation-based using fiber materials (handmade paper, polyester), or ideas of fiber exploring ways to connect East and West.
In addition to her ongoing Wish Project and Bullet Cloth series, she has integrated her experience of being the mother of a Nisei (second generation Japanese) daughter. Recently, she has created three works based on the Great East Japan Earthquake, a site-specific installation (“Berry Grove”), and a paper cast toy series.
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