Kaufman, Glen
October 1995
Surface Design Journal;Fall95, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p7
Trade Publication
The article explores the use of gold in ancient and contemporary art. During the Muromachi Period, the exotic clothes called meibutsu-kire which were imported from Ming China is an early example of metal leaf embellishments in Japan. The kinran, ginran and inkin are those that utilized gold. The ornamentation of kosode and Noh costumes with gold and silver leaf is called surihaku, or impressed metal leaf. In the work of Victoria River, gold leaf, gold sumi ink and metallic Mylar film have been utilized. Jody Klein also uses a range of metallic leaf for her architectural wall reliefs that resemble shrine-like constructions. To create precious containers, Kiyomi Iwata incorporates common aluminum mesh and gold metal leaf into small sculptures.


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