Incan Masks | Japanese Graphics
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Mixed Media Collage
18" x 24"
When people think of Peru, they often mention the Amazon Rainforest, Machu Picchu, and ancient Incan ruins. And, of course, llamas. What a lot of people do not know is that Peruvian culture has been influenced tremendously by the influx of Japanese immigrants beginning around 1900. In fact, in 1900, Alberto Fujimori, the son of Japanese immigrants, was elected president of Peru. Even today, you can purchase any number of daily newspapers and magazines written entirely in Japanese. And, its no secret that some of the world's best cuisine has its origins in the Japanese kitchens of Lima.
This piece is imaginary. It relies upon photographs of ancient wooden Incan masks that I took several years ago and scans of vintage Japanese newspapers published in Lima. The combination of printed images provides an imaginary view of a place that I have never been.