Mobilia Gallery is pleased to announce a third exhibition of continuing explorations in translucent textile jewelry by Mariko Kusumoto. Experience the ethereal forms of her jewelry in bright, shimmering fabrics that float on the wearer and entrance the viewer.
Gifted metalsmith, Mariko Kusumoto, has only recently begun working in textile art through the manipulation of polyester using techniques of her own invention. The textile works are both ephemeral and reminiscent of sea-like creatures. Light and resilient, the materials glow, seeming to exist on a plane all their own.
My work reflects various, observable phenomena that stimulate my mind and senses; they can be natural or man-made. I 'reorganize' them into a new presentation that can be described as surreal, amusing, graceful, or unexpected. A playful, happy atmosphere pervades my work. I always like to leave some space for the viewer's imagination; I hope the viewer experiences discovery, surprise, and wonder through my work.
My metalwork incorporates found, representational imagery and is very involved and technically challenging. My recent fabric pieces have developed with much experimentation and demonstrate an evolution from the properties of metal to something completely opposite. During the experimental process there is sometimes a breathtaking moment; I 'catch' those moments and develop ideas from that point. I like the softness, gentle texture, and atmospheric (e.g., translucent) quality of the fabrics I use. In all of my work there is always the insistence on skill and craftsmanship.