Past Exhibitions

“Kimono”

The kimono series was created in 2006 from a used etched plate. It was cut randomly into a T shape and the first print was made of this simple geometric form. It recalled a kimono and elicited the need for pattern and texture. Although the same plate was the basis of the whole series (30 works), each work became a unique piece combining various printing techniques. These included chinè collee where tissue paper, sometimes covered with splashes of watercolour, sometimes folded, was added to the plate and put through the printing press. The results were often unexpected, creating layers of transparency or a sense of movement.
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A kimono represents a different cultural perception of the way clothes relate to the human body. Its shape ignores the unique attributes of a particular male or female and unifies all humans by one general form. The motifs that decorate it are inspired by nature and represent the seasons. The kimono thus hides the body but represents time and the changing moods of nature.

Simultaneous to the series of small kimonos, Orstav developed another series of larger works where the kimono was more deliberately both the form and the theme. Here the decorative elements often seem to seek release from the confines of the shape. In one piece, flowers that have lost all corporality from the pressure of the press “fall” out of the kimono. Another kimono seems to hold within it a dress, whose lines are softer and where the underside of the material is revealed.

Thus, each kimono is charged with a different mood. Some emphasize the vertical and the horizontal rigidity of the form, where the simplicity and the restraint derive from minimalistic Japanese aesthetics. Others emphasize a calligraphic expressionism or inner movement which breaks out of the boundary of the etched shape.