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Discovery, 2006

Maki Tamura
(Japanese, born 1974)

Location: Spokane Community College, Spokane

ABOUT THE ARTWORK

Artist Maki Tamura created Discovery a twenty-five paneled, three-dimensional watercolor that depicts western civilization's key scientific discoveries, curiosities and progress from the 14-19th centuries. Inspired by Neoclassical architecture and composed to resemble a Mandala or flower, the imagery includes a volcano erupting, Sir Isaac Newton at a writing desk, tropical landscapes, and Pierre and Marie Curie. Subtly placed, a single mosquito disrupts the otherwise balanced composition. Tamura notes that this disruption follows the Japanese Shinto tradition, in which breaking a repetetive and decorative pattern is meant to ward of evil. She notes that "this small detail brings these historical vignettes into present, allowing us to meditate on scientific progress and the future of mankind."

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Community Colleges of Spokane.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Seattle-based artist Maki Tamura was born in Japan and raised in Indonesia. She attended the University of Washington and recieved her Masters in Fine Art in Painting from Tyler School of Art. Tamura combines, subverts, and reimagines elements and influences from different cultures and artistic traditions to create her conceptual installations, paintings, and sculptures.

ARTWORK DETAILS

Material Category

Painting - paint on rigid surface / mixed media

Work on paper - painting

Medium

Watercolor on paper and wood

Dimensions

21.5 in. x 21.5 in. x 2 in.

ID Number

WSAC2011.012.000

Artist Location

Washington, United States

LOCATION INFORMATION

Agency

Community Colleges of Spokane

Artwork Location

Spokane Community College
Building 7 - NW lobby

WA County

Spokane

Setting

Interior

Site Type

College

Address

2000 N Greene St, MS 1016
Spokane, WA 99217-5399

Geo. Coordinates

47.675050 | -117.358853

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