One event on May 21, 2020 at 6:00pm
An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until July 11, 2020
Please note this exhibition will be presented online until our gallery can safely re-open. You can join us on Thursday, May 21st, at 6pm PST on the ArtXchange Gallery Facebook Page for a digital opening reception! This video journey will take you into the artist’s studio in Cambodia and beyond! In addition to Iida’s new series, ArtXchange Gallery will present a curated selection of Contemporary Cambodian artwork from the collectives Open Studio Cambodia and Romcheik Pram. You are invited to chat live with Lauren Iida and ArtXchange Gallery during and after the premiere! Contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
ArtXchange Gallery is proud to present 32 Aspects of Daily Life, a new series of mixed-media, paper cut-away portraits by Lauren Iida. In this exhibition, Iida pays homage to a series of the same name, created in the 1880s by Japanese woodblock artist, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). Utilizing watercolor and ink, alongside her distinct paper cut-away technique, Iida depicts female-identifying people that she has connected with during her daily life.
The series Iida references, 32 Aspects of Daily Life (also known as 32 Aspects of Women) by Yoshitoshi, portrayed women from different backgrounds and occupations, each associated with a particular mood or character trait. The series, first published in 1888, became wildly popular in its time for depicting women from all areas of society, offering a more realistic representation of women in art than was commonly seen. As in Yoshitoshi’s series, Iida’s subjects include prostitutes, wives of the working class, the elite, and people challenging gender roles. Mythology, symbolism, and nuance in color and pattern are taken into account, sometimes as a playful reinterpretation of the meaning or aesthetic of Yoshitoshi, and other times drawing from Japanese or Cambodian culture. In each image, the nuances and subcultures of daily life in Cambodia can been seen – from weavers of fishing nets, food sellers and street vendors, to traditional dance performers and fortune tellers.
Since graduating from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in 2014, Iida has exhibited her work throughout the PNW region at numerous venues, including ArtXchange Gallery, the Mayor’s Gallery at Seattle City Hall, Shoreline City Hall, Tacoma Spaceworks and Sculpture Northwest. She has received a GAP Grant from Artist Trust, a Fellowship from the Art Matters Foundation, and her work has been collected and commissioned for permanent public installation by the City of Seattle, the City of Shoreline, WA State Convention Center and Sound Transit. In Cambodia, Lauren Iida leads contemporary art tours and is the founder of the collective Open Studio Cambodia which supports emerging Khmer artists by offering art materials, professional practices training, and opportunities to exhibit.