Lauren Iida’s cut paper works by their very nature play with positive and negative space; her new exhibition in Cornish’s Alumni Gallery takes the idea a step further.
The new exhibition in the MCC’s Alumni Gallery is sharply lit, and that’s just right for casting sharp shadows around and within the cut-paper works of alumna Lauren Iida (AR ‘14). The pieces are created from photographic images traced in cut paper, a technique which plays with the viewer’s perception of positive and negative space. Deeply framed and pressed in glass, the works become shadow boxes as well, the images transforming as the viewer moves past them and the shadows change. The exhibition, which runs till December 13, is called Castle Rock is for Lovers; the photographic images that act as the basis for her works come from her Japanese family, a record of the years they spent imprisoned by the United States Government during World War II.
Artist Reception: Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Iida writes of this work on her website, “Castle Rock is for Lovers is an homage to the matriarchs of my family who both endured incarceration during WWII at Tule Lake ‘Relocation Center’ in northern California. These images come directly from my grandmother’s sister’s collection of personal photos dating back to the 1930s. Through examining these glimpses into the past I learn about my family’s complex history.”
Kristen Ramirez writes of Iida’s “glimpses”: “By rendering them lovingly in cut paper, she honors and memorializes this complicated past.” Ramirez, who works out of the Provost’s office as Manager of Academic and Community Engagement, continues: “Cornish College of the Arts is proud to present a solo exhibition of work by Lauren Iida (AR’14) in the Alumni Gallery.”