East meets West

By Brittany Filippini |Staff Writer|

CSUSB’s well known diversity came into the “fold” as students from different backgrounds gathered together to listen to Meher McArthur’s lecture on May 26 titled “The Global Phenomenon of Origami.”

Curator and historian McArthur was very enthused about speaking about what she describes as the “funnest subject I get to talk about as art historian.”

She kept the audience engaged and laughing as she explained some very creative pieces of origami.
McArthur showed a slide show of some her favorite, most intricate origami art. She described how the art of origami has “infinite possibilities” and can inspire anyone.
McArthur’s demonstrates the power of inspiration created by origami by displaying pictures of children in the United States and Israel learning the art of origami.

According to McArthur origami artists are also mathematicians in that they calculate how to use each single piece of paper to create such complex designs.

The Origami Resource Center says the Japanese word “ori” translates “to fold” and the word “kami” translates to “paper.” Combining these two Japanese words you get the art of folding paper known as origami.
According to McArthur, there are no real records of when origami began because origami was not considered an art form it was considered more of a hobby back in the day. Being that origami takes much skill and practice some artist sell their complex creations for up to $4,000.

She described how origami is not only a major art form in Japan but how there are conferences all over the world dedicated to origami including a conference where there were 600 people gathered together to fold paper until all hours of the night.

McArthur worked at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena where she opened a new Gallery of Japanese Art according to Cultural News website.

According to Cultural News McArthur  didn’t grow up wanting to be a museum curator or art historian.

“In fact, I was interested in being a business woman and that was my original motivation for studying Japanese. But when I spent time in Japan and started to become familiar with Japanese art – particularly the ceramics – I was hooked. I decided to make this my career.” said McArthur

 

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