Kyoko Hori

Country: Japan

Title:  The Room for Water

Medium: Semi-porcelain, oxydization fired, unglazed

Size: 15 x 74 x 11 cm

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Hori was born in Kyoto, Japan. She received her Master of Arts from Kyoto City University of Arts. Her work is included in public collections at Auckland Museum, New Zealand and Kitakyushu Marine Museum, Kitakyushu, Japan. Hori states, "I add water to clay so as to knead and give form. After the form is realized, the object is placed in the kiln and water gradually evaporates until absolutely none remains; the clay crystallizes. My focus has been on the clay. But recently my focus has shifted to water. Water controls the internal structure of clay by both its presence and its absence. Various natural phenomenon and all creatures on this earth depend upon water and its archetypal power penetrates through me. I close my eyes and listen to the flow of personal memories stream into images that connect to the time before verbal memory. I sense the clay form itself while its natural properties lead my hands and my memories. When I accept myself as an entity contained within the water tide, the aqua in the clay synchronizes with the aqua in myself."

Her selected solo exhibitions include: Gallery Utuwakan, Kyoto, 1998 and '96; Gallery Tao, Tokyo, 1997; Gallery Nishikawa, Kyoto, 1997; Green Gallery, Tokyo, 1994; Ban Gallery, Osaka, 1994; Gallery Tenjiku, Tokyo, 1993; Gallerie Pousse, Tokyo, 1991-'93; Gallery Maronie, Kyoto, 1987, and '89-'92; and Gallery M, Tokyo, 1991.

Her selected competitions and group exhibitions include: Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award, New Zealand, '98 and 1990-'95; Clay Work Exhibition, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 1994; Selected Artists in Kyoto, Kyoto City Museum of Art, 1993; Selected Artists of Crafts in Kyoto, Kyoto Prefectural Cultural Art Hall, 1990-'92; Japan-Korea Young Artists Crossing Exhibition, To ArtSpace, Seoul, Korea, 1992; Japan-Korea Young Artists Crossing Exhibition, Gallery Maronie, Kyoto, 1991; Suntory Prize Exhibition, Suntory Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1991; Asahi Contemporary Crafts Exhibition, Osaka and Tokyo, 1989-'91; Ceramic Annex Shigaraki, The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, 1991; Kyoto Crafts Biennale, Kyoto Prefectural Cultural Art Hall, 1987-'90; and The 15th Chunichi International Exhibition of Arts, Nagoya, 1987.
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