Forming A Voice, New Sculpture By Fujino Sachiko
Fujino Sachiko’s latest multi-dimensional clay forms challenge the viewer to think beyond petals and blossoms. For her third exhibition at Joan B Mirviss LTD, Fujino’s hybrid sculptures take center stage in Forming A Voice.
Her earlier explorations in both stark geometric forms and organic blooms merge to find new expression here—intricate artworks are built upon strong, balanced shapes of spheres and wedges and crowned with soft, irregular folds in velvety gray-black or gray-white. Through the laborious process of coil-building and hand-sculpting, and without the use of maquettes, the artist herself does not know the artwork’s final form until the end. Through the medium of clay, her sculptures speak her voice with a powerful inner conviction. Fujino says: “The act of kneading clay and creating shapes connects me to the thoughts and memories deep in my heart.”
Fujino began her studies and early career in the world of fashion-design in Kyoto. A pottery class in the 1980s first introduced her to the ceramic world and resulted in her becoming the student of the pioneering, female ceramic artist Tsuboi Asuka (b. 1932), herself a pupil of the celebrated Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963).
Her work has been highly awarded both nationally and internationally. Museums such as the Faenza International Ceramic Museum, Italy; Kyoto City Cultural Museum; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art; and Yale University Art Gallery, to name a few, hold her artwork in their collections.
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image: FUJINO SACHIKO (b. 1950) Form 20-3, 2020. Stoneware with matte glaze in white and gradations of gray, 17 x 15 x 15 5/8 in.