YUKIKO KAMIMOTO

Mixed Materials / Japan

 

 I use the technique of Kintsugi. “Kintsugi” is unique to the Japanese culture; it repairs cracked, split pottery. Kintsugi was born from the delicate aesthetic sense of the Japanese, who value and appreciate even the broken traces. Urushi, extracted from natural plants, slowly hardens itself and gets stronger when they are painted over and over. This process seems to reflect life itself, in which we experience joy, sorrow, corruption, healing, and love. With love, we humans feel whole; similarly, Urushi becomes hardest by the love with which an artist makes their creation. As you know, there are many environmental issues around us as we live on this planet. Just like nature changes as we speak, we change as time passes. We belong to nature, and with the idea reflected in my work, I “speak” with nature and expect its grace. All of my work, I believe, after worn out by their holders, will go back to the earth, just like we humans will do the same.

Work

Metamorphose

Brooch, 2020

Potter’s clay, glaze, Urushi (Japanese lacquer), Sumi (Japanese black ink), pure gold powder, Pin / oxidized silver 950 and 925, stainless steel

Experience

Yukiko Kakimoto is a contemporary artist. Her artistic approach is very intuitive; developed in childhood when she would integrate a wide variety of techniques to make her own work. Currently, she dedicates herself to art jewelry creation, mainly focusing on the merging of beautiful, unique Japanese culture with wearable art.

2021:
The XIIIth Florence Biennale 2021.- Florence, -Italy
Awarded Primo Premio Gioielli in Fermento 20|21.-Italy
Selected to the Gioielli in Fermento 20|21 Part.2. -Italy
2020:
Selected to the Gioielli in Fermento 20|21 Part.1. -Italy
2019:
SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair 18th edition, -Amsterdam Netherlands
Collectiva Meeting ’19 -Porto, Portugal.
2018:
Art Festival – Kyoto Japan
2014:
Solo Exhibition / Thank you! 20th Anniversary at Gallery Miyagawa -Kyoto, Japan.
2010:
Solo Exhibition / un seul message at id Gallery -Kyoto, Japan.

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