“Artworks necessarily implicate artist intentions which restrict the way they can be viewed. I recognize that total removal of such intentions is not possible or desirable. However, I often wonder whether intentions themselves can be manipulated through artworks to allow viewers to be freed from restrictions imposed. The series Planes, Vertices, and Slopes explore this possibility in different ways. The images are created essentially by overlapping and repeating two-dimensional geometrical shapes that invite viewers to align and correlate in their own manner. The series are not limited to or bound by their physical materials; the experience of the works extend into the process by which my intended shapes and their dimensions are first deconstructed then reconstituted through viewer engagements.” — Keiko Kamata
Keiko Kamata (b. 1974) seeks to capture the act of seeing colors and forms with minimal imposition of preconceptions. Her monoprints build complexity and depth with layered, transparent inks to create images that cannot be easily dissected but prolongs the act of looking. Her works have been exhibited notably at the International Print Center New York, the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Contemporary Museum in Hawaii, and the International Print Biennial in Bulgaria. Collections include the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Kamata received her BA in Education from ICU (Tokyo, Japan) and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
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