Sculptural pots and wall hanging sculptures
at Sculpture Space NYC
At Troppus Projects, Kent OH
Photo credit: Troppus Projects
Kent, OH in April
Glaze on clay
From my continuous practice of formless-self, the sculptural study of body has transformed into the form of amorphous shaped vase.
made at Kent State University during Artist in Residency.
February - March 2018
These sculptural pots, "Flower Rangers"are sketched and designed like toy figures first with an "image" of flower arrangement. Each pot has individual characteristics. Flowers are selected depending on the pots' color, shape and the numbers of openings. Learning Ikebana from my own mother back in Japan, the combination of flower arrangement and pots become a playful installation of its own.
These assembling pots are stackable and connectable to each other parts.
Every piece functions as a flower pot. Base structures are painted (velvet glazed) in black and white and top structures are colored and patterned differently. This series is a metaphor of my experience of being a non-white or non-black person to be connectable to each segregated culture in American Society to be juggled around in the circle.
2018 Jan - present
at Center for the Visual Arts at Kent State University
2016 Sep - present
Ceramic cups that are made in SSNY, merging the decorative/functional sculpture with the shapes of Kana - a type of Japanese language letters; deriving from my drawings.
Sculptures in the installation of M.F.A Thesis; The Formless Self
-Observing the transition of idea of home (Japan) to the foreign land -dreaming through discovered identity.
Mixed Media Sculptures (2013-2015)
-Exploration of new material and installation
Ceramic, metal, wood, acrylic, mixed media