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Three panels of kimono art.

Embodied Beauty

Sculptures By Karen Lamonte


On View May 25, 2018 - September 2, 2018

Artist Karen LaMonte challenges the inherent qualities of glass and explores the dress form as a metaphor for gender, identity and the human body. Embodied Beauty examines her two newest series, Floating World and Nocturnes, through 32 sculptures in various media. Floating World developed from LaMonte’s residency in Kyoto, Japan, where she studied all aspects of the kimono—from weaving and construction, to ceremonial function and historic meaning. The Nocturnes harken back to LaMonte’s earlier works which drew on her interests in Classical Greek and Roman figures. The female forms in LaMonte’s sculptures, absent, yet implied through the clinging fabric, raise questions about the role that clothing plays in society, and the impact it has on women’s lives, whether in the east or the west. In the last decade, the artist has also created her ethereal sculptures from clay and cast her pieces in bronze and iron, several of which will be featured in the exhibition.

Child’s Kimono, 2009 Cast Glass, 44″ x 20″ x 18″, Courtesy of the Artist

Nocturne 3, 2015 Cast glass, 59″ x 24″ x 20″, Courtesy of the Artist

Young Maiko Ceramic, 36″ x 20″ x 16″, Courtesy of the Artist


This exhibit is generously sponsored by SunTrust.

With additional support from Chattanooga Times Free Press.


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