Kim Storage Gallery is pleased to announce its representation of sculptor  Midori Takaki

 

About the artist:

Born and brought up in Japan.  Midori Takaki came to England to study for an MA in Social Anthropology in 1992. In 2008, she started ceramics, and in 2011 she started making hand-built high-fired ceramic sculptures. In 2013, she gained a postgraduate certificate in Applied and Fine Art (Ceramics) in Canterbury Christ Church University. She had her first solo exhibition in 2013.Her work captures her imaginary life and real life, which overlap.  She used to pretend to live as a ‘normal’ person in society but wildness broke through the thin veneer and consumed her. Once she started making sculpture, all those layers of pretension fell away. She was finally one whole person.She loves stretching clay with her hands to find what it becomes. Her studio is quiet, but in her head she asks lots of questions to the clay whilst making. She lets the clay lead her as much as possible. The wide range of her work shows her main focus as well as her small discoveries and excitement in daily life. She challenges herself to break the mould every year. She thinks boredom and repetition are the enemy of her creativity.When she is not working, she escapes to the woods, reads books or goes abroad for adventure. She is secretive and reclusive. She is seldom seen, but surprisingly friendly if she happens to be in a good mood. 

Midori says, ‘When I was a child in Japan I thought I would become a writer. My head was a full of imagination, memories, feelings, thoughts and stories. Once a while, they overtook my daily life. It wasn't always easy for a child to live in the real world and my own world at the same time. Especially as all my imagination, memories etc. just float around in my head, like clouds in the sky. I didn't know what to do with them.Now I capture the floating thoughts in ceramics. Once they were given shapes, they become grounded. I am writing in ceramics. By doing that, I file the information, which is, otherwise, difficult to classify, in drawers in my brain. I could bring every nuance and detail of my memories, stories, emotion and thoughts, back to life vividly when I see each sculpture. I enjoy dialogue with what I create. That’s the joy of creation. ’  

Sleeping Fox,

Stoneware,

5.12 x 4.72 x 1.57"

Flower Child,

Stoneware,

4.72 x 4.72 x 1.77"

Blossom in the Wind,

Stoneware,

5.91 x 5.91 x 1.97"

Empress of Terra,

Stoneware,

8.27 x 8.27 x 2.76"

Fox,

Stoneware,

5.31 x 4.33 x 1.77"

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