Noriko Ambe
Japanese, born 1967
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2016
Pioneer Lust,
Lora Reynolds Gallery
2015
Noriko Ambe: Satellite View,
Lora Reynolds Gallery
2014
Summer Show,
Lora Reynolds Gallery

Noriko Ambe creates what she calls “Linear Actions,” pristine white sculptures composed of layers of a synthetic paper made from polypropylene, called Yupo. Resembling three-dimensional topographies, the objects are the product of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of sheets of paper that Ambe laboriously and painstakingly cuts by hand using a craft knife, before layering them on top of each other, creating effects of both fragility and solidity. “I have been mapping the mysterious land between physical and emotional geography. I want to attain something sublime,” she has said. Ambe’s work also suggests psychological terrains, especially in her sculptures that incorporate metal cabinets—metaphors for the human body, with the paper forms within signifying internal life. Other works include artist book sculptures, which Ambe sculpts by cutting out portions of other artists’ monographs, …

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