Kimonos of Paper
Breaking Away From The Convention Of The Rectangular Format, Handcolored Etchings On Shaped Paper 1979 to 1989
de Sandy Kinnee
The Kimono Prints: 1979 to 1989 The original intent, in selecting the kimono shape, was to use a non -Western shaped motif as a format for my prints. I had already employed fan shapes. Kimonos seemed like a very logical step. The first series, "A Non-Geometric Kimono", used a famous, well known Noh costume as a format. The image was overt and I made one hundred variations. Each kimono was assembled from four pieces of handmade paper, sewn together by a studio assistant. The primary goal was to create a series of prints where the ink, paper, and stenciled color changed and the image and format were constant. While each piece could stand on its own, the entire series was to be considered in terms of process. In later kimono series, such as "Hybrid", the divergent and unexpected images from non-western traditions onto the kimono format. For "Hybrid" I repeated the image from a Mimbres pottery bowl. More than 400 Kimono shaped pieces exist, a number in museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum, Portland Art Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, and others. The Purdue University Engineering School hangs several in their building to demonstrate the connection between creation and skill.
Sandy Kinnee is best known for his work on shaped, handmade paper. His work in in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum, Brooklyn Art Museum, Museum of New Mexico, Phoenix Art Museum, University of Michigan Art Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, and many private and public collections. Part of each year he spends in France, where he writes and takes photographs. This series of books assembles the poems, short stories and photography into the themes that have gained critical mass over the years.
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