Yoko Harr's ceramic, "Tree of Life," is part of "Exploring the Feminine -- New Ideas of Beauty" exhibit.
Exploring the feminine
Female artists explore styles and sensibilities in this exhibition
FOUR female artists share their personal expressions of the feminine in a show at Sub-Zero/Wolf, the upscale appliance showroom that also treats its customers to fine-art exhibitions.
The space's current show is "Exploring the Feminine -- New Ideas of Beauty," featuring mixed media, oils, ceramics and embroidery pieces by Keiko Hatano, Yoko Haar, Tsugumi Iwasaki Higbee and Noriko Wakayama.
Employing a traditional woman's medium -- embroidery -- Hatano creates eye-catching pieces that display vibrant red flowers stitched onto a nontraditional background: camouflage fabric. Hatano utilizes the works as a forum for commentary; the variety of flowers represent countries in which people have been killed due to war or political repression.
Noriko Wakayama's oil on canvas, "English Tea Gardens," is on display at the Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom.
The other works offer a range of styles and sensibilities. Haar's ceramics are subdued and understated, while Higbee's mixed-media pieces are rich with color and interest for their various materials.
Wakayama displays a diversity of style with lush floral oils that convey a sense of the traditionally feminine; in contrast, her mixed-media pieces are more graphically inclined works that present a modern sensibility.
"Exploring the Feminine" runs through Jan. 21 at the Sub-Zero/Wolf showroom at the corner of Piikoi and King streets.
Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Call 597-1647.
Tsugumi Iwasaki-Higbee's "Indispensable Element" is a mixed-media piece.
"A Red Hat," by Noriko Wakayama, is also a mixed-media work.
Keiko Hatano's "Since the Beginningless Time" references the senseless deaths of citizens of America, Iraq, Iran, Italy and Turkey.