Yoko Ozawa — 'Tsutsumareru - Surrounded', 2018
Tsutsumareru is an illustration of a forest surrounded by fog. These pieces can be used as tableware or sculptural objects. In this work, Yoko Ozawa has been pursuing the state of expression somewhere between sculptural object and functional ware to attain a greater understanding of material, space and perception.
Born in Japan, Melbourne-based artist Yoko Ozawa has been making ceramics since 2003. She holds a Diploma of Graphic Design from the Japan Design College, and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Japanese painting) from Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Ozawa discovered pottery whilst working as a graphic designer in Tokyo and soon after moving to Australia in 2012, she set up her own studio. Since then, she has exhibited widely throughout Australia, Japan and Englad in six solo exhibitions and numerous groups shows. In 2019 Ozawa curated the exhibition ‘余韻 (Yo-in) Afterglow of Japanese contemporary ceramics’ at Mr Kitly gallery.
Ozawa’s work is informed by a lifelong interest in natural phenomena including seasonal transitions, fog, breeze, rain, light and shadow. Through her study of Japanese painting, she became deeply influenced by the Japanese notion of Yohaku (blank space) and draws upon this in her ceramic practice, imbuing her simple forms with her understanding of its deeper meaning.
As a participant in the inaugural Melbourne Design Fair, Craft Victoria will present a curated collection of the most exciting makers in Australian craft and design. The exhibition will feature 13 makers working across ceramics, textiles, glass and metal, including textile artist Anastasia La Fey, ceramic artist Belle Thierry, textile artist Caro Pattle, ceramic artist Danielle Thiris, furniture and lighting designer Dean Toepfer, artist and experimental designer Jessie French, metalsmith Kenny Yong-Soo, multidisciplinary artist and weaver Lisa Waup, glass artist Misseu, ceramicist Owen Rye, ceramicist Vanessa Lucas, and ceramicist Yoko Ozawa.
Makers will come together in an immersive installation with emerging practitioners featured alongside established designers, showcasing creative ingenuity and material mastery.
Initiated by the NGV Department of Contemporary Design and Architecture and delivered in collaboration with the Melbourne Art Foundation, the fair is a new platform for the craft and design community to bring their collective creative energy together and sell one-off, limited edition pieces in a unique, cultural experience over five days.
Materials: stoneware, porcelain, glaze
Please note: Five pieces are included in the work
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