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Noren Installation

Willa Brown's avatar Willa Brown

This series of reinvented noren is dedicated to the artist’s grandmother, Eiko Sato. The noren, or entrance curtains, symbolize a passage from one place to another, displaying collected images of Japanese and American cultures. This body of work was developed during a women’s artist residency at _gaia studio in Jersey City, New Jersey. The ten artists of “WW5: Ah, Motherland!” created a collective dialogue and artwork that explored the dynamic issues of emigration and (im)migration into the United States. “When my grandmother left Japan to start her new family in the United States, her own family was upset and rejected her and her new American husband. I have always been interested in the choice she made and in the social stigmas my grandmother struggled with both in Japan and in America.”

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 10 inches
  • Medium: Acrylic and Ink on Canvas
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 50 inches