Such a lame post title, I know, but...that it what I thought when I saw the work of artist Ari Tabei.
A friend from grad school just forwarded me her info and I swooned-
When I saw her use of texture, shapes, layers, and garbage... I was enthralled. I particularly love her texture and the way her garments both flow and also clog- both protect and constrict. Very complex and satisfying as a visual experience.
Ari is a performance artist, originally from Japan, who creates home and womb like garments to explore ritual, healing, her ancestral culture, and transformation.
My interest in rituals lies in my experience, as I grew up in Japan... I am attracted to the power and beauty of rituals such as tea ceremony, kimono-wearing, and traditional Japanese wrapping techniques. They are all based on the adoration of the beautiful in everyday existence. This aesthetic teaches us purity and harmony and the mystery of the nature of human beings...As I engage myself in the performance of ritual play, my intention is to reach for understanding and transformation. In this practice of conscious engagement, I seek a truth about self and a transformative process which reveals both desperation and hope.