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Lynne Yamamoto

Smooth Cayenne

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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This work refers to the pineapple and colonization. The first room contained the bust of a field worker on a pedestal painted with silhouettes of the countries in which pineapples are grown. The images in the wallpaper are the water tank that marked the Dole Cannery in Honolulu, and the carved stone Dunmore pineapple, which crowns a garden lodge in Scotland (1781). Columbus' introduction of the pineapple to the Old World in 1493 incited a long-term fascination with the fruit and its cultivation.

Artist Statement

James Dole )a relative of early missionaries to Hawai'i) purchased the island of Lana'i in 1922 for what was at one time the largest pineapple plantation in the world. Many of my relatives worked for the plantation in Lana'i and the cannery in Honolulu. Smooth Cayenne is the most commonly cultivated species of pineapple in the world for canning and fresh fruit exports.

Special thanks to Paul Bowden and Artist's Image Resource.

When

2003

About The Artist

Lynne Yamamoto is a visual artist and educator. Her work engages notions of place and memory. She is interested in the manner in which narratives of seemingly ordinary people, open out to have larger implications historically and geographically. Additionally, she attends carefully to how material choices remember these contexts. Past projects have dealt with the dangerous manipulation of the cherry blossom as a wartime symbol in Japan (Resplendent); the twinned histories of the pineapple, as exotic status symbol and plantation commodity fruit (Smooth Cayenne); and class and immigration in early 20th century Hawai'i (Genteel).

She has had one-person shows at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; articule, Montreal; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center; Greg Kucera Gallery and George Suyama Architect Space, Seattle; Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris; Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; P.P.O.W., New York; and Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY. Her work was included in the first Honolulu Biennial. Grants and Awards she has received include the Diverse Forms Artists' Projects Grant; New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist-in-Residence Program; Anonymous Was A Woman; Japan- United States Arts Program of the Asian Arts Council; Creative Capital Foundation Grant; Penny McCall Foundation Award, LEF Foundation Grant, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Fellowship. She has a permanent work in the Seattle Central Library.

She received a B.A. in Art from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and an M.A. from New York University. She participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program and Skowhegan School. She was selected for the National Studio Program at P.S. 1, and residencies at Urbanglass, Brooklyn; Banff Centre for the Arts; Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Ireland; Civitella Ranieri, Umbertide, Italy; the Arts/Industry Residency at Kohler Company, Wisconsin, and the Taipei Artist Village International Artist in Residence program in Taiwan. She is the Jessie Wells Post Professor of Art at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

This work refers to the pineapple and colonization. The first room contained the bust of a field worker on a pedestal painted with silhouettes of the countries in which pineapples are grown. The images in the wallpaper are the water tank that marked the Dole Cannery in Honolulu, and the carved stone Dunmore pineapple, which crowns a garden lodge in Scotland (1781). Columbus' introduction of the pineapple to the Old World in 1493 incited a long-term fascination with the fruit and its cultivation.

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