Chicago

Michiko Itatani

N.A.M.E. Gallery

I have heard a number of artists describe unexpected procedures with which their art was supposedly accomplished. Often they sounded more like fancy than reality, but MICHIKI ITATANI’s expressed technique of evolving her paintings during a sort of Oriental tea ceremony ritual rings true. Each layer of lines goes on in a set, solemn order, each line merely the visual remainder of her procedure, the ultimate result a celebration of what she was during that time, rather than any materially inspired object to be valued for itself.

Itatani was born and schooled in Japan, where among other things she taught Oriental brush painting and published poetry. Since coming to the United States for further training here, she has developed an organizing structure and linear quality which, even though nonobjective or abstract, has been consistently recognizable for its relationship to Oriental calligraphy

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