The Craft And Folk Art Museum

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The Craft and Folk Art Museum is located across LACMA on Wilshire Boulevard, and it was not until the 14th of October when I finally got to visit this place. Upon my arrival, the museum was still closed and the first thing I saw outside of the entrance was a colorful and chaotic installation piece made by my professor’s friend. The first thing that came out of mind when I saw that artwork was how interesting the mind is of an artist to create these types of things. When the museum finally opened, I could not help but think of what other exciting art pieces are inside, I honestly did not really know what to expect since I never been to a museum dealing with only craft and folk art. As I walked in the building the first thing that caught my eyes was the gift shop or souvenir store. There were plenty of unique and cool items, such as wallets, jewelry, clothing, and many more. I was surprised that there were an amazing number of neat things to look at and I could not wait to explore more of the place. The museum had three floors, the first floor had the souvenir shop and by the stairs were some of Kay Sekimachi’s works while the rest of her art pieces were up in the second floor gallery. After learning more about Kay Sekimachi, I began to admire her art skills and her completed works; but out of all her making of art the one that I found most compelling was her Leaf Bowl.
Kay Sekimachi’s exhibit was called Simple Complexity, which contains works from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection. Sekimachi’s works look very simple but are actually complex in terms of her planning and construction. The artist is a professional in weaving fiber and thread, but is also exceptional in creating works of art that require great patience and steady ...

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...bition of Kay Sekimachi’s finest works, it made me appreciate her professional craftsmanship. Sekimachi puts a lot of effort in planning and constructing her artworks, which I can clearly see when looking very close to her pieces. The artwork that I found most aesthetically pleasing, which was the Leaf Bowl, has to be my favorite piece from Sekimachi’s collection. Her gentle care and preparation in creating this work of art blew me away. Her deep respect for precision can be shown throughout her works and with every fiber or thread interlaced there lies a specific purpose, which gives more meaning to Sekimachi’s art pieces. Kay Sekimachi was clever in terms of how she wanted her work of arts to look like. All her artworks presented no difficulty and looked very simple, but with every art piece there was a strategy in the making which made Sekimachi’s work stand out.

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