“The World of Yugen”

yugenYesterday, I got the honor of spending the day with Japanese paper artist Kyoko Ibe. Kyoko is described on her profile as a “pioneer contemporary washi artist.” She has received numerous awards for her works and now has exhibitions, performances, and lectures about her work throughout the world. Her busy schedule this year includes includes projects in Egypt and New York. She has come to L.A. to her good friend Hiromi with some future projects in L.A. in mind, and it is for this that I have the pleasure of meeting with her.

Kyoko’s latest work theme is “The World of Yugen” as shown in her latest publication, in which she uses old washi and documents to create contemporary art that evokes the past and the feeling of yugen (“the realization of grace in beauty”). She plans to exhibit these works as well as create performances in the next year. As a washi artist and friend, Kyoko’s plans brings much anticipation for us here!

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