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Miriam Omura

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

Materially my artwork follows my interests in weaving, cloth, and the tactile quality of layers. Currently, I am creating a body of work that revolves around family history and what gets lost in translation. I incorporate family photographs, which have a place in recording our past and the generations before us and lead to our own being.
Notes and names penciled on the reverse of photographs record or help add a context, but over time we are separated from knowing the person photographed and become more speculative in what we understand.
Weaving inherently holds a linear and mathematical grid, but dye work can be free and not follow a grid. I use an Ikat-influenced process of weaving, unweaving, and then reweaving dyed portraits. This process causes the woven grid to shift and the portrait to become pixelated, yet it holds the familiarity of the face. It is a translation of a photograph, which in turn is an interpretation of a memory of a person.

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