Ceramics by Kaori Kurihara: Imaginature イ マ ジ ネ ー チ ャ ー

Posted on 16 July 2019

The art objects by Kaori Kurihara (Osaka, 1987) play with our perception. Her ceramic works, inspired by fruits, plant shapes and marine life, look deceptively real. The reality is: these fascinating life forms do not exist at all. Each object was born from the fantasy of the Japanese artist. From 19 October to 3 November 2019 the talented artist will exhibit for the first time in the Netherlands, at the gallery of Kunstconsult in Amstelveen. "Imaginature" is the fitting title of the sales exhibition.


Free from traditional Japanese ceramics

The basis for the incredibly detailed and secure elaboration of her imaginary fruits was laid when she studied ceramics at the Kyoto art academy. Her technique is typically Japanese: very delicate. After graduating, Kaori moved to Paris, where she followed further art classes in ceramics and jewelry. In Europe, free from the traditional Japanese ideas about ceramics as household goods, she could finally let her imagination run free in her work.


French prize for art talent

During her studies, Kaori already attracted much attention in France. Having just graduated, she received the Prix de la Jeune Création Métiers d'Art des Ateliers d'Art de France in 2015, an important national prize for talented young artists. In 2016 she opened her own studio in Paris. Since then, Kaori’s star has been rising both in France and abroad. She has exhibited in, among others, the Grand Palais in Paris, and in Brussels, London, Strasbourg, Sevres and Switzerland.

Due to its time-intensive nature, her production is low. Since important collectors have discovered her work, it has become even more difficult to organize an exhibition. Kaori creates a series of new works exclusively for the sales exhibition at Kunstconsult gallery.


Appreciating the imperfect

Kaori is fascinated by the geometry and the repetition of forms in nature. In the botanical world, nothing is ever quite the same. The whole of irregularities is in her eyes "perfectly imperfect", a thought that fits in with the Japanese wabi-sabi culture that revolves around the beauty of the imperfect. It is that magic of nature that gives Kaori the energy to work on her creations with angelic patience. About the inspiration for her objects she says: "I hear their voice coming from above. I start working, listen to their voice and that's how they come into existence. "


Speaking with the soul

"Speaking" with her soul is also something that comes from Japanese wabi-sabi culture. Kaori doesn't make sketches, doesn't think of anything in advance, but follows the flow. As long as she is working on an object, she does not know what it will look like. Only when it is finished she recognizes: "Oh, that’s what it is."

A prominent French art collector about her work: "Every time you take another look, you see new details. They are amazingly detailed delicate works. The light plays with it: when the light in the room changes, the colors of the objects change. It's like they are alive. You can watch them for a long time without losing your attention. They change every second. They are alive.'


Kaori Kurihara, sales exhibition Imaginature

19 October to 3 November 2019, Kunstconsult - 20th century art | objects, Smederij 4, 1185 ZR Amstelveen, 020-3416476, info@kunstconsult.nl, www.kunstconsult.nl


Opening: Saturday, October 19, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On show until 3 November 2019, Tuesday to Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm, or by appointment