Shizuko Greenblatt's Japanese character paintings and fusion Ikebana
Japanese Character Series and Fusion Ikebana II Exhibition open from May 6 to June 27 at the Pacific Asia Museum
by Tiffany Vlaanderen
Date Published: 05/06/2010
Art by Shizuko Greenblatt
Contemporary artist Shizuko Greenblatt, who takes innovative approaches to calligraphy and Ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arrangement) currently has her art on display at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA. Greenblatt is influenced by Western modes of contemporary expressionistic style and uses it to explore the more than 3,000 characters in the Japanese language, presenting the characters in an abstract style while retaining the basic structure of each character. She attempts to express the words' meanings in her paintings as well as the beauty in the individual characters as well. Similarly, Greenblatt's work in fusion Ikebana aims to explore formality in sculpture and modernistic painting, while challenging the traditional flower arrangement art.
On Saturday May 8th from 1-3pm, there will be an event that teaches students how to create a traditional springtime arrangement, just in time for Mother's day.
For more information, go to the Pacific Asia Museum website.