Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Mariko Kusumoto

I may have mentioned before my love of the work of Mariko Kusumoto? I thought I'd share again.
She says this in Metalsmith's Exhibition in Print 2004:
"Growing up in a 4OO year old temple, I was always surrounded by ancient things like tansu (Japanese chests of drawers), faded paint on wood, Buddhas and their ornaments, etc.

I was especially fascinated by the tansu. When I opened the drawers, I could never anticipate what would appear from the darkness. I had mixed feelings of excitement and fear whenever I opened it. It was a great wonder box to me. The darkness inside the tansu stirred up my imagination.

Inside the darkness of the temple, the gleam of the Buddhas and the golden ornaments would emerge. I could sense the spiritual world and its eternal silence. In my work, I am striving to create a world of Shadows, light, silence, spirituality, and my personal memories."
I just can't get enough and now you can view works of hers at Mobilia Gallery.
I highly recommend checking this link. Her works are sumptuous!


Rhonda Scott said...

I have been drooling over this womans work for years. She had a piece in the book Art Jewelry Today and it started a passionate internet search a couple years ago. Don't you just love it! Another one of my favorite artist is Christina Goodman
I can maybe own one of christinas works someday.
Rhonda Scott

Anonymous said...

Eleven of Mariko Kusumoto's works, including the ones shown here, will be on exhibition in "Mariko Kusumoto: Unfolding Stories" at Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts from May 22, 2010 - August 8, 2010. The exhibition will be shown at a later date at the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI.