Tea Series: Two Fish Tea and Tatami

Jorie Johnson

Object Place: Japan


Length x width x height: 74.9 x 56.5 x 2.5 cm (29 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 1 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Felt, washi (Japanese paper), silver leaf, gold leaf

Not On View


Asia, Contemporary Art



Framed Jorie Johnson Collage. Displayed Vertically. Titled “Two Fish Tea and Tatami”; part of a series titled “Tea Series”. Colors of washi used include cream whites, pale shades of peach and light green. A piece of the silver leaf is a bright turquoise color and is placed the lower right corner of a rectangular piece of light green washi. Above the turquoise leaf is a piece of gold leaf in a narrow half cresent shape. The light green piece of washi is placed towards the lower right corner of the collage; to the left of this piece is a smaller, rectangular, cream-colored piece of washi (on the left side there is a vertical strip of Japanese characters that have been printed in black ink. A Japanese symbol, printed with red ink, is layered on top of some of the characters). Above the cream-colored rectangle are two pale, cream colored pieces of washi that have been cut into abstract fish representations. In the upper right corner of the collage is a rectangular piece of cream colored washi, with fragments of what appear to be small green leaves, and gold and silver leaf. There are areas in the collage where a strand of black thread has been laid out to form a line (in the upper and lower left corners, and from the upper right corner, down towards the lower right corner).


2010, made by the artist, Jorie Johnson, Kyoto, Japan; 2013, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession date: June 26, 2013)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Frances W. and Thomas L. Johnson


Reproduced with permission.