"Bamboo is as deeply entwined as rice in Japanese history and culture."
- Rob Coffland, Bamboo Expert
The art and craft of bamboo basketry is time-honored tradition in Japan. Though originally created for utilitarian purposes, bamboo basketry has since been transformed into purely sculptural work. Where once there were several thousand craftspeople devoted to this craft, however, now there remain fewer than one hundred. As it takes thirty years to become a master craftsman, this craft demands a life-long commitment. Blending complexity of design and delicacy of materials into a sophisticated, abstracted figural form, Morigami Jin's Reclining I is the latest of several dynamic works that significantly enrich our gradually expanding collection of sculptural Japanese bamboo basketry.
Morigami Jins parents were traditional bamboo artists. This exposure provided him with a deep understanding of the material at an early age. After attending the Beppu Occupational School in Japan, Morigami began a successful career in his country and later, abroad. Using bamboo as a sculptural medium, he often manipulates the material with the hexagonal plaiting technique called mutsume. Reclining I displays a combination of rounded forms that resemble a lounging elongated human figure. Because of works like this, Morigami has been compared to the modern British sculptor Henry Moore.
Measurements: height: 28 inches width: 14 inches depth: 17 inchesMuseum Purchase: Windgate Fund 2005.49
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