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Acknowledgment of tradition, cultural and artistic, yet transcending it; mastery of technique and creative use thereof; articulated philosophy; and the ‘x’ factor - the artist’s unique spiritual expression which inspires the inexpressible ‘wow’ that announces the presence of greatness.
Contemporary screen artist, Maio Motoko satisfies these criteria.
Trained as a mounter of traditional scrolls then motivated by a search for truly individual expression, Motoko sought mastery of Japanese screen making, learning to make the entire framework herself.
Her work remains true to the traditional function of the folding screen. Her technical innovation - double hinges, differentially sized folds and reverse sided decoration - enables a flexibility of form and transformation of physical space that transcends the original intention and elevates her work to contemporary scupltural art
As functional and installation art, Maio's works give unprecedented flexibility to the transformation of space and to the playful creative instincts of the owner of the work.
As sculptural objects her works stand in a variety of formations, none of which hint to its other manifestations.
Maio brings to the canvas of the folding screen mundane materials - aluminium foil, kimono fabric, washi enscribed with book keeping figures, crushed stone, sand, dirt, iron rust - that provide a freedom of colour and texture unimaginable in traditional work.
Expressions of the fleeting, transient nature of life, her pieces are both painting and object, decorative and functional – a bewitchingly ambivalent form.
Confronting and exploring the universality of human experience she is unafraid to express the negative, the dark, the decay and transience of life. By juxtaposing it with the positive, light and fecund her works not only create a seductive aesthetic but reach out to the psyche with powerful, visceral impacts.
I use traditional Japanese techniques in the manufacture of the screen, but I draw on a variety of materials and my own emotions and creativity for the surface expression and I make them something that relates to the contemporary world in which I live. I place ‘now’ on the everchanging canvas of the screen, transforming mundane everyday space into the exotic.
Graduated Rikkyo ( St Paul’s ) University
Commenced study of scroll mounting with Kashu Yabuta
Commenced study of screen making with Kobayashi Kenji
Solo Exhibition Nihonbashi Tokyu
1995 & 1997
Two man show with Kobayashi Kenji Matsuya Ginza
Group Exhibition Nagai Gallery Tokyo
Two man show with Wada Makoto “Mother Goose” Nagai Gallery Tokyo
Three man show Geneva with Koie Ryoji and Kado Isaburo
Mugen Lesley Kehoe Galleries Melbourne
Three man show with Hakko Ishitobi and Kobayashi Koji Geneva
2004 - 2007
International Art and Design Fair New York
2004 - 2008
International Asian Art Fair New York
Japanese Cool Zero 6 Lesley Kehoe Galleries Melbourne
SOFA New York
Japan! Culture + Hyperculture Festival Invited Artist Kennedy Center Washington DC
Invited Lecturer Sackler Gallery Smithsonian Washington DC
Art and Antiques Dubai
Japanese Cool Zero 8 Lesley Kehoe Galleries, Melbourne and Sydney
'Kan to Hikari Art Expo’ Kiyomizu Temple Kyoto
Touchfire Smith College Museum of Art Northampton USA
'Modern Twist' The Crow Collection of Asian Art Dallas
'Kan to Hikari Art Expo' Nijo Castle Kyoto
Fleeting Moments Solo Exhibition Lesley Kehoe Galleries Melbourne
'Kan to Hikari' Sennyuji Temple Kyoto
'Craft Spoken Here' Philadelphia Museum of Art
Kan to Hikari, Kamakura & Kyoto
Asia Week New York
Invited Lecturer 'Brush Writing in the Arts of Japan' The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
'Byobu : The Grandeur of Japanese Screens' Yale University Art Gallery New Haven
The International Show New York
Extraordinary Perspectives Solo Exhibition Lesley Kehoe Galleries Melbourne
Extraordinary Perspectives #2 Featured Solo Artist Installation Sofitel on Collins Melbourne
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia
National Gallery of Victoria Australia
Yale University Art Gallery New Haven USA
Fuji Xerox Karuizawa Japan
German Embassy Tokyo
Honda Sōichirō Collection Tokyo
Peggy and Richard Danziger Collection New York
Shiozuki Yaeko Eldest daughter of 14th Iemoto Tantansai Urasenke School
View On A Wall
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