A new sculpture by Lisa Kinoshita, 2010 winner of the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation art award, is now on display at Tacoma Art Museum through Jan. 16. The sculpture is a commissioned piece completed as part of the award.
Kinoshita’s sculpture “What You Own, Owns You” is made up of three “purses,” combining mixed-media Tacoma elements (Almond Roca candy, T-Town tokens) with Kinoshita’s signature media of natural elements (a clay skull, butterfly, pearls) in a work that speaks to consumerism and the intersection of nature and culture.
Says Kinoshita: “This work takes a stance toward possessions, culture, nature and politics. That which we touch with our thoughts, we must own, and be owned by. The objects inside the purses reflect the human impulses to vanity, self-centeredness and consumerism – but also to altruism, aesthetics, and environmental stewardship.”
The GTCF is a local non-profit that supports community endeavors, and the Foundation of Art Award, now in its third year, recognizes excellence and community contribution in local artists. Part of the award includes a commission.
Kinoshita, who runs the art gallery Mineral as part of her art jewelry studio on Puyallup Avenue, has also just been nominated for the Portland Art Museum Contemporary Northwest Art awards, to be announced in January.
Tacoma Art Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays at 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. Admission $9/$8/free for under-five and 5-8 p.m. third Thursdays. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org