Mitsuho Tsuri: Knitted Kitchen is on view at Touch Gallery, Hong Kong
July 5 – August 1, 2021
In July, Touch Gallery presents the solo exhibition Knitted Kitchen by Mitsuho Tsuri. Even though time flies and things change rapidly, kitchen is still an indispensable corner of our life. Tsuri utilises daily utensils such as household detergents, seasoning containers, Campbell soup cans, and biscuit slices as inspiration of the exhibits this time. She explores the infinite possibilities of modern ceramic art from a new perspective, manifests a woven-like distinctive expression, with elements of pop art, to transform the concept of normal kitchen into an interesting art kitchen.
As a rising star that has attracted numerous attention internationally, Tsuri creates ceramic artworks in reference to the history and observation of the present. Not only patterns from the Jomon period, but also current industrial products have become her source of inspiration. Humans have been weaving and making ceramics since ancient times, and her artworks combine the two deep-rooted craftsmanships. In addition to trace track of human development, her artworks also present refreshing colours and modern forms, linking the past and the present. After depriving the original practical usage of the container, her artworks deliberately imitate the image of mass-produced disposable industrial products with vivid colours, she subverts the stereotype of of a container, and invokes reflection on the changes in times of the relationship between human life and utensils and even handicrafts.
In this exhibition, she uses techniques of coiling to “weave” the clay sticks into unique ceramic artworks, and also refers to the traditional crafting method of Kintaro Candy, she cut the cylindrical clay into even slices, and each part shows the same face, so as to express the irony of the cookie-cutter persona as Pop Art, and reflect contemporary popular culture. Her creation transcends the barriers of time, space and culture, by combining the common history and ageless symbols of mankind, her artworks embody the current time and will lead the future generations to understand our times. We sincerely invite everyone to explore the dreamy and harmonious artistic world of Mitsuho Tsuri, to reexamine the past and focus on the present, reorganize your thoughts, heal your soul in the bright colours, and passionately welcome the future.
Mitsuho Tsuri was born in Hyogo Prefecture in 1991. She graduated from Kyoto City University of the Arts, Faculty of Arts and Crafts majoring in ceramics in 2014, and received a master’s degree majoring in ceramics from the same university in 2016. In 2017, she studied ceramic arts at Kanazawa Utatsuyama Kogei Kobo. She observes practical containers such as detergents and seasonings that she sees in daily life, and then applies the technique of coiling to uniquely transform them into ceramic wares that look lik woven fabrics. Weaving is the traditional craft of mankind since ancient times. When it combines with the ceramic techniques with similarly long history, her artworks present in refreshing colors and modern forms, connecting the past with the present. By depriving the original practical purpose of the container, and presenting her woven-like ceramic artworks, she subverts modern people’s concept of the container, and invokes thoughts on the changes of the times in the relationship between human life and the container and even the craftsmanship.
Room 202, Block 3 Barrack Block
Tai Kwun, Hong Kong