Fukumoto Fuku’s work brings to the public a very special and unique approach to the Japanese ceramic roots almost to a point where one may hesitate to call her a ceramist.
Despite the artist admitting her discomfort towards the weight, dense opacity and earthiness of ceramics, Fukumoto was able to create a new language around ceramics in which she found a way to express herself through the transparencies of porcelain, creating soft, smooth, almost transparent objects.
Each work is uniquely shaped and the artist likes to pursue porcelain less common properties by joining different fragments to a main vessel, sometimes resulting into human-like silhouette, playing with balance and tension, creating the illusion of function while remaining an aesthetic object.
Fukumoto Fuku was born in 1973 in Kyoto, Japan. In 1997, she graduated from the Kyoto City University of Arts, followed by a master’s degree in the same University two years later. Permanent collection can be found in The Museum of Kyoto; INAX Tile Museum, Aichi, Japan; Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas, USA; The Harn Museum of Art, Florida, USA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.
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