Yoko Ichikawa creates highly original works by researching the ancient craft technique called Shippi (lacquer leather), which involves applying lacquer to leather to harden it, and adding her own new techniques. The skin that was once a container for life and the soul as a three-dimensional object is now tanned and becomes flat leather. She cuts the leather, sews it with thread, and revives it again as a container in the form of a box by coating it with lacquer. Her perspective of cherishing and utilizing the leather’s holes, scars, and other traces of when it was still a living thing gives her work a unique air. The word “TSUKUROI (mending)” in Japanese means to repair something and make it usable again. Her activity of stitching together the past and present of lacquer craft to create a new world creates a metamorphosis of materials using lacquer, a mysterious liquid, as a medium. It is an act of fundamental mending that goes beyond simply filling in defects or decorating the surface. This exhibition will be an opportunity to see her masterpiece, “Box,” and other works that are imbued with power.
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Misa Kuromoto, GALLERY crossing
Born in Osaka Prefecture in 1984. Graduated in Urushi lacquering from the Department of Crafts, Kyoto City University of Arts in 2008.
19, Jun, 2021 sat - 4, Jul, 2021 sun
13:00 - 18:00
Meet the artisr: 19, Jun, 2021 sat
24, Jul - 8, Aug Shiho Hayashi (Ceramic)
28, Aug - 12, Sep Kenichi Sasakawa (Glass)
2, Oct - 17, Oct Reiko Kinoshita (Paint)