Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lynn Kishiyama Back in Residence at Studios On the Park

Lynn Kishiyama in Her Studio at Studios on the Park, © B. Radisavljevic
Lynn Kishiyama in Her Studio at Studios on the Park
When I was visiting at Studios on the Park yesterday, I was glad to see Lynn Kishiyama back in a studio again. She is staying six months before leaving on vacation for another six months. It would appear these vacations give her time to experiment with new media and ideas as she relaxes. In the past her work had a distinct Japanese flavor. But as you can see, it appears her latest projects have a more African influence. She was just finishing this piece as I walked in. For a closer look, just click on the photo.

When I asked Lynn to explain what she had made, which was as yet unnamed, she said that some tribal women in Africa like to adorn themselves with natural objects, even though the decorations might wilt by the end of the day. After all, there would be more to choose from the next day. She got her inspiration from this book, which she had prominently displayed in her studio.

This photo of Lynn's studio wall shows more of this work, and you can see the book on the stand beneath it. She is calling this new series of totems  "Natural Fashions." Remember, you can enlarge the photo with a click. To see more of Lynn's work and what went into its creation, check out The Lynn Kashiyama Blog,  You will see some close-ups of these "girls" and learn their names.

Lynn Kishiyama's Studio Wall, © B. Radisavljevic

If you happen to be in Paso Robles on a weekend, stop in at Studios on the Park and meet Lynn. You might even be able to watch her work.
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