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06/24/2023 - 09/17/2023
Dayton, OH

Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper

Yuko Nishimura, Continuous Form, 2020, kyokushi paper.
Image courtesy of the artist, Photo by Yosuke Otomo, © Yuko Nishimura and Yosuke Otomo

Time & Location

June 24– September 17
Dayton Art Institute (Dayton, OH)


Washi Transformed explores the astonishing potential of washi, traditional Japanese paper, in thirty-five highly textured two-dimensional works, expressive sculptures and dramatic installations. In this exhibition, nine Japanese artists go far beyond the folding traditions of origami and explore the seemingly infinite possibilities of the medium, giving this ancient artform renewed relevance in the realm of international contemporary art. The breathtaking creativity of these artistic visionaries deepens our understanding of how the past informs the present, and how it can build lasting cultural bridges out of something as apparently simple and ephemeral as paper.

Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper was organized by Meher McArthur and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.

For more information visit the Dayton Art Institute website.

This event is supported through JFNY Grant for Arts & Culture grant.

Yoshio Ikezaki, The Earth Breathes Mind Landscape 06, 2008, handmade mulberry paper with charcoal powder.
Image courtesy of Kylin Gallery, © Yoshio Ikezaki

Yuko Kimura, Little Waves, 2020, etching, monotype on kozo handmade paper and kozo bark fiber lace, thread.
Image courtesy of Verne Collection, Photo by Will Slabaugh, © Yuko Kimura

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