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Sport. Culture. Heritage

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posted on 2019-01-08, 10:56 authored by Kerri AkiwowoKerri Akiwowo
Three digitally printed woven bamboo fabric panels illustrate a mountainous landscape initially painted out on paper using textile dyes and gouache paints. The tryptic design borrows inspiration from an altarpiece formation typically found in a historical Christian church and the evocative verse of a gospel song bearing the s title – ‘On the Mountain, in the Valley, on the Land and in the Sea’. The scene also simplistically portrays movement by using linear paths to suggest motion through the landscape. The scale and configuration of the artwork represent both the enormity and sense of occasion the Olympics Games bring. It has been designed to draw the viewer into the environment. Each panel features a decorative border design in a repeating tile motif which was generated by reinterpreting the five Olympic rings. The borders frame the fluid painterly marks of the landscape and linear elements of the image. Individually, the panels assume the status of banners. In this guise, they exist as long strips of cloth, each bearing a unique design suited to public display and celebration.



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Olympics and Culture: Tracings, Projections and Intersections




AKIWOWO, K., 2018. Sport. Culture. Heritage. Presented at the Olympics and Culture: Tracings, Projections and Intersections, Joshibi Art Museum, Kanagawa, Tokyo, Japan, 4th July-1st August.


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Joshibi Art Museum, Kanagawa, Tokyo, Japan