Name: Kimono Ladies
Size: Dimensions variable
Materials: Glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, Lacquer, acrylic paint, fabric
Betty Woodman’s installations of ceramic vases can be regarded as a narrative on her intimate contact with the outside world as she explored the evolution of art history with the ceramic shapes and exterior patterns that she created. During her creative process, many of these vessels were anthropomorphized by the artist, and we can vaguely recognize the human outlines and postures depicted therein. Created in 2015, Kimono Ladies is composed of six vases, each of which depicts a woman wearing a traditional Japanese kimono, and the women reveal beautiful postures as if engaged in a graceful dance. Embodying the conflict between the fragile sculptures and thick brush strokes of Fauvism, this installation is the perfect combination of easel painting and sculpture.