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Araki Takako and Inazaki Eriko – Dissection and Resurrection @ Art Fair Tokyo 2016.4.15


Araki Takako From left to right Golden Bible 1991, h18.3 x w27.2 cm Silver Bible, 1991, h17.5 x w29.2 cm

Inazaki Eriko Arcadia stoneware clay, porcelain clay and glass h40.0×w30.0 cm 2016 Sold

Araki Takako (1921-2004) was born in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. She went to New York to study sculpture in 1960’s. Upon return to Japan she studied ceramics at Kyoto Municipal Polytechnique School (today’s Kyoto Municipal Institute of Industrial Technology), and soon after she launched her series of work entitled Bible, by which she is best known for, that gained her a worldwide recognition, winning several prizes including Grand Prix at Nihon Tôgei Ten and Silver medal at Faenza International Ceramic Competition, Italy. She was neither religious nor a Catholic, but she considered that the religion is the most fervent manifestation of a human spirit, therefore the Bible as a symbol and embodiment of human spiritual realm became her life-long theme to explore in clay.

Inazaki Eriko (CV attached) is most noted for the work of extreme fragility. The shape is created through an incessantly repetitive making process attentive to minute details. A tiny particle of clay, which is per se not for any use, is re-composed to emerge as a whole as if it went through a natural cause of transformation. The result is charged with organic energy of rebirth. It differs from a decaying beauty of Araki’s Bible who successfully sublimed it into a fossilized clay icon.

We are very pleased to have this occasion to present the most representative and compelling works of these two artists.

We look forward to welcoming you at our booth No 26.

Venues: Tokyo International Forum Hall E & Lobby Gallery (3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan)

Dates: May 12th-14th 2016


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