INAZAKI Eriko, who resides in Takamatsu City has been creating amazingly detailed ceramic sculptures since 1993. Her sculptures are composed of thousands of porcelain micro parts, all made by hand. How small are these parts? The little balls of porcelain are the size of poppy seeds, and the thin rods are like the small bones of a sardine. It is not surprising, therefore, that it takes several months to complete one sculpture, even though she can make one thousand of these small components in a single day.
Most of Inazaki’s sculptures are reminiscent of flora and fauna, and even coral, but recently her style has moved toward a very different conceptual direction. She says that we have long understood that many machines familiar to our everyday lives can have artificial intelligence. To Inazaki the millions of tiny parts of these machines look like cells and, to her, the machines often seem like living creatures. She wanted to create something that seemed to be given the breath of life, like human beings.
For this online exhibition, we have created a brief film that illustrates her complicated processes which will hopefully clarify the manner in which she creates her sculptures.