Kana Ohtsuki + Kuniko Kinoto “Home & Stone - Whereabouts of the spirit-dwelling object - ”
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In its annual two-artist exhibitions, Paku Paku An encourages a type of chemistry to develop between artworks of vastly different genres by bringing together artists active in diverse fields. This installment will present the works of Kana Ohtsuki, a painter and illustrator popular across various media, and Kuniko Kinoto, a ceramicist who is also a member of the Hyouge Jissaku Extreme Potters Group. With the brand new works on exhibit here these two creators search for a common outlook, which began from the moment of their first encountered.
Otsuki has long been depicting a contemporary sense of emptiness through the girls that appear in her works, and since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami has expressed the subsequent era of transformation through the image of the chrysalis. In the attempt to embody the form of contemporary Japan, her most recent motif is that of the home.
Meanwhile, Kinoto has developed the style of his ceramics by adding various processes to the glazing stage, producing works that resemble naturally-formed stones by manipulating pigments and other elements. This idea was originally inspired by a stone that he received as a souvenir from overseas. At first Kinoto considered the stone to be a fake, but such stones are now recognized as “precious stones” or “gemstones,” and though they are man made, it seems that they also signify something beyond human existence.
Stones can be understood as the foundations of the homes in which we live. Discover for yourself the unique chemistry that forms between the works of these two distinct artists.