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Catherine Truman

ON NOT BEING JAPANESE

Julie Ewington

CATHERINE TRUMAN, ....Supple as a Garment of Heavy Water, 1991, mother of pearl, inks, 7 x 3 x 1.5 cm

A traveller's truism holds that foreign countries reveal one's homeland. Or oneself. Catherine Truman is a distinguished Australian jeweller who studied in Japan in 1990 with the masters of netsuke, the carved toggles accompanying traditional purses. How did Japan change Truman's art? Cultural debts are never as obvious as they seem, despite the imperative to trace influence that is the particular mission of…

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