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Rieko Otake makes unpainted, carved wood sculptures of forms that are human—or what she calls “at least humanlike.” Otake says that she does not use models for her work: “I decide [the forms] by moving around myself, holding myself off-balance.” They are not, however, self-portraits. Otake works in series, often on multiple sculptures at the same time. While her earlier works predominantly featured young female nudes, she has more recently been exploring clothed figures, multi-figure groups, and young children with animals. She also typically works with camphor wood, which she still considers her favorite, but began in 2008 to experiment with other types, including wood from Japanese cypress and Japanese Judas trees.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2020
Tomio Koyama Gallery at Taipei Dangdai 2020Tomio Koyama Gallery
2017
Tomio Koyama Gallery at fiac 17Tomio Koyama Gallery
2015
Rieko Otake "Way in, or Out"Tomio Koyama Gallery
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Hat Star, 2012

Wood
16 1/10 × 8 3/10 × 5 1/2 in
41 × 21 × 14 cm
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Location
Tokyo
Medium

Rieko Otake makes unpainted, carved wood sculptures of forms that are human—or what she calls “at least humanlike.” Otake says that she does not use models for her work: “I decide [the forms] by moving around myself, holding myself off-balance.” They are not, however, self-portraits. Otake works in series, often on multiple sculptures at the same time. While her earlier works predominantly featured young female nudes, she has more recently been exploring clothed figures, multi-figure groups, and young children with animals. She also typically works with camphor wood, which she still considers her favorite, but began in 2008 to experiment with other types, including wood from Japanese cypress and Japanese Judas trees.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works from Tomio Koyama Gallery
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