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New Threads

Findings: Excerpts from the Sabbatical Studies
of Dawn Nakanishi & Rebecca Ramos

January 29 - March 2, 2018
Reception: Thursday February 8, from 5:00-8:00 p.m
Artist’s talk: during the reception at 7:00 pm

Dawn Nakanishi demonstration of Japanese Mokume Gane decorative metal craft process:
Tuesday, February 13 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Rebecca Ramos and printmaking students print edition of etchings with Chine collé:
Wednesday, February 14, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Both events are free and will take place at Cabrillo Gallery.

This exhibition presents a narrative installation of research materials and artwork produced by Nakanishi and Ramos during their recent sabbaticals from Cabrillo College, where both are beloved long-term full time faculty. A sabbatical is an extended leave from full-time teaching commitments, during which educators are provided time and opportunity to study culture, process and technologies that will enhance the curriculum of their teaching practice. As artists, the time provides a period of contemplation and exploration of the practice of their art form, enhanced by the “findings” of their research. 

Nakanishi uses traditional Japanese design motifs as intuitive connections between nature and her cultural heritage. She researched the Japanese decorative metal craft process of Mokume Gane or “Wood Eye” pattern development for use in small metals and jewelry.

Through her studies of Hawaiian indigenous and endemic plants, Rebecca Ramos connects interdependent topics of material culture, nation building, ecology and the environment, cultural identity and the visual arts. Ramos works in printmaking and drawing.




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