Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Kyoko Tokumaru

Tokyo, Japan
October 17, 2005 – January 17, 2006

Kyoko Tokumaru’s porcelain plants blossom forth with restrained energy, her spiky lances and unfurling fronds forming fantastical botanical creations. The artist begins with slabs of clay and then constructs them to create work rooted in existential explorations. In this regard, Tokumaru notes that her spatial expressions allow her to travel deep inside herself. Describing the experience as “an accumulation of texture,” she explains that she can feel her inner emotions being transferred into the clay through the touch of her hands. Tokumaru holds both a BFA and MFA in ceramics from Tama Art University, Tokyo. She has received the Japan Agency for Cultural Affaires Fellowship as well as the Izushi Porcelain Award Bronze-Prix. A veteran of numerous solo and group exhibitions, the artist has shown her ceramic sculptures internationally, and her work is included in several public collections, including the Mino Contemporary Ceramic Art Museum in Japan and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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