Selections from the Japanese kiri-e fabric collage painting collection of Phyllis Rodin (1914-2015)
These are works done in Hiroshima’s aftermath by student survivors (hibakusha)
Kiri, in Japanese, means ‘to cut’ and refers to the snipping of cloth,
the pieces then separated by color to be then used as a palette to be applied with rice glue.
The final ‘-e‘ refers to the art pieces as ‘pictures.’
Usually, kiri-e in Japan is paper-on-paper. Fabric-on-paper, as seen in this collection, is much less often seen.
This collection has been on continual view, presented by Asian Cultural Center of Vermont (ACCVT)
in space donated by C.X. Silver Gallery, 814 Western Avenue, West Brattleboro, Vermont.
Thanks to Pivot Media of Florence, MA, for donating the ultra-high resolution photographic documentation of each picture in the kiri-e collection. Contact Adam Silver for further information, (802) 257-7898 and to arrange a viewing of the collection.
The collection is available for exhibition and other venues continue to be actively sought.
Below, Phyllis Rodin, (who passed away 1/30/2015), introduced her collection of Japanese kiri-e paintings in these 8 short videos filmed on Valentine’s Day 2008. After many months bedside working with trauma victims at the hospital in Hiroshima, and in honor and gratitude for her work in the city, the people of Hiroshima presented Phyllis with a number of these incredible kiri-e cloth paintings. Phyllis was in Hiroshima in the late 1960s, listening and spending time with patients, helping them deal with their flashbacks from twenty years earlier. With this precious collection of kiri-e, Phyllis toured many cities and countries raising awareness of the dangers of nuclear devastation and war and the alternative of Peace through Beauty.