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Kumi Korf & Christa Wolf | Telling Stories Side by Side

Ink Shop Printmaking Center Studio Gallery 330 E. State St., ITHACA, NY, United States

In 1999, The Ink Shop and Olive Branch Press were established by five artists including Christa Wolf. Three years later, Kumi Korf was the first artist to have her work published by Olive Branch Press, a set of three chine collé intaglio prints titled “Letters to the Planet” featuring Kumi’s writings, with Christa as her master printer. Thus, began almost a quarter century of friendship and collaboration, with many hours spent at the etching press in Kumi's studio, cooking in her kitchen, travelling together in Japan, always side by side telling stories. Though they were born and raised in separate homelands, their intuitive reactions to art and life are overlapping. This exhibition is the first time their works have been shown side by side, just the two of them.

Tagasode | Kimono Project

CSMA Gallery

In Japanese, Tagasode translates to "whose sleeves?" a phrase used in classical love poetry to evoke the memory of a woman through her empty kimono. For this exhibition, Kumi Korf gathered nine women artists, sent them kimonos and invited them to create artwork with the garments as the catalyst. Though the kimono itself seems a precious work of art, the prompt was to "be free"; an invitation to adventure, playful chaos, a brave step into the unknown.