ARTIST FOR THE AMAZON
In my works, I explore art forms that allow me to spontaneously collaborate with the materials I work with. Rather than forcing them to fit my intention, I enjoy the interactive process with the media. Each medium has a unique character, and often demands a specific artistic process or combination with other materials. I record nature’s fragility and power using the subtle voice of materials. My artistic inspirations are drawn from the deterioration and regeneration of nature and their spiritual imprints. Many of my recent works are responses to the symbiotic relationship between ecological and human systems.
Tomoko Abe graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art and obtained BA in painting with First Class Honour, during which she also spent half a year at Escuela de Bellas Artes in Salamanca, Spain, on the ERASMUS scholarship. She has shown her works in many exhibitions both domestically and internationally. She was a recipient of the Bullseye glass residency in 2018, which culminated in a solo show in 2019, as well as a recipient of the UrbanGlass studio residency in 2020. Her work ranges from painting, paper making, ceramics and glass, often with a theme inspired by nature, its decay and regeneration. Recently most of her work has focused in mixed media installations. Her work has been featured in the media, including Brooklyn Rail, 500 Raku, New York Times, Ceramics Art and Perception. Tomoko grew up in Japan, US and UK, before settling in the greater New York area.