In the modern oversaturated world, it is a rare experience to find oneself stopped in the tracks by the beauty of artistic creation. Such is the genius of Mariko Kusumoto, a unique artist, whose creations exude surreal magnetism and out-of-this-world grace. Working in miniature scale, Kusumoto constructs compositions that play with your mind: they are lively, suggestive and unexpected. Starting her career working with metals, she progressed to an absolutely distinctive form of three-dimensional sculpturing in fabrics. Brilliant and beautiful by themselves, her artworks are in fact functional pieces of wearable jewelry, inspired by an amusing combination of the natural and the man-made.
“My impetus and inspiration came from discovering tsumami zaiku, an ancient technique used by craftsmen since the Edo period (1603-1867) for fabric flower hair ornaments, worn with kimonos. This origami-like technique creates complex and beautiful patterns,” says the artist.
Evocative of sea-life and cosmic phenomena, Kusumoto’s jewelry is unexpected and surprising. It draws you in with a sense of curiosity and wonder, and a living, breathing beauty rarely seen in inanimate objects. One simply expects the objects to move – such is the power of the artist’s talent. Combinations of vibrant colors and translucent fabrics create surreal shapes that stimulate viewer’s imagination. Different textures add dimensionality to the presentation without overcomplicating it.
Jewelry and fashion are not normally considered fine art forms. Mariko Kusumoto challenges this notion by presenting to the world wearable designs that stimulate the eye and the mind, and tantalize the senses. Catching the “breath” of creation and allowing us to see it is her unmistakable gift.