Photo: Yuki Moriya
FRI 08 APR – SAT 30 APR 2016
Tomoko Sakumoto, born in Okayama Prefecture in 1978, creates three-dimensional porcelain works. She studied pottery at university and teaches ceramics at the University of Okayama. She is, without being tied to the world, exploring her own original expression. As a result, she brings us into a unique world. Using a plaster mold for each color and then stacking each casting, Sakumoto creates striped, eye-catching sculptures. In addition, by baking at high temperatures, a sense of transparency is produced.
At a glance, the stacking techniques and style of production would be difficult to understand. But the style is the result of Sakumoto sticking to and focusing on her chosen medium as she broadens the possibilities of porcelain, and in doing so, her work has become iconic.
It can also be said that her pottery, rather than being intended for practical purposes, are traveling beyond the genre of pottery or sculpture.
In this exhibition, the main display is a host of work on the wall of the gallery viewed from before even entering the space. Through this configuration, the imagination of the viewer is stirred. We are exhibiting around 40 of Sakumoto’s new works.