K U M I K O
Photography, 3D, Painting, Collage, Mixed Medium
Resilience Head Won Finalist Award from Art Show International Gallery! (Aug.4,2022)
Kintsugi Head Reborn
- Arrival of Resilience Head-
In 2002, I took a class, figure sculpting with clay at 92nd St Y in New York City in 2002. It was my first sculpture using a live model. But somebody broke it. I got shocked, traumatized and stopped making any more sculpture.
For some reason, I didn't discard it including the small piece of ear torn off from the head all through my moves from New York City to Tokyo, Tokyo to Hong Kong, and Hong Kong to Singapore for as many as 20 years.
I vaguely got interested in the Japanese traditional technique, Kintsugi with which broken porcelain plates etc. are repaired with lacquer and gold powder. Coincidentally I had a chance to take an easy Kintsugi using glue and gold powder to repair broken porcelain plates and cups in June. And I came up with an idea to apply that technique on my broken clay sculpture!
I carried out the idea finally on July 29th and 30th, 2022. I made it!!! The broken sculpture in despair was reborn as a shiny and beautiful sculpture head in black and gold smiling proudly and in a victorious manner!!!
Participated in Future Exhibition
(Jul 25- Aug 25, 2022)
8cm radius X 17cm
4cm radius X 8cmMixed Medium
Mixed Medium, 2020
As a part of art therapy training, I had chances to create artwork in response to other people's artwork or material which emerges in the process of art therapy. Response art is used by art therapists to contain difficult material, express and examine their experiences, and share their experiences with others. (Partly quoted from https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07421656.2012.701594?journalCode=uart20) This experience also provided me with opportunities to create 3D artwork mainly with mixed medium.