AMMON TOKYO is pleased to present Akane Sumi's solo exhibition "Happy porcelain! One happiness, one fortune" from 24 February 2023 Fri. She is currently based in Nagoya City, Japan, where she creates works that resonate with others based on "the healing she feels herself", using hand-built porcelain clay. In this exhibition, her first solo show, she will present mainly new works with animal motifs such as puffer fish. Please come and see the adorable creatures created by Sumi, which will bring a smile to your face. We look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition.
ARTIST STATEMENT わたしは「癒し」を人々の心に届けたい、常にそれを最終目的として作品作りをしています。 わたしの作品は磁器のてびねりを主にしています。磁器土というのは粘土とは少し違い、平たく言うと石をこなごなにしたものを水で戻して白い粘土風にしたものです。土と比べ、制作中や乾燥中の割れが多く、形が伸びやすくてびねりにはあまり向いていません。しかしその白の色味のきれいさは磁器特有の質感の上に成り立ち、てびねりで成形することで固く、冷たい、キリリとしたイメージの磁器の温かい一面に焦点を当てています。
I want to bring 'healing' to people's hearts, and this is always my ultimate goal in creating my work. My works are mainly made of porcelain. Porcelain clay is slightly different from clay; to explain it briefly, it is a white clay-like material made from a crumbled stone that has been returned with water. Compared to clay, porcelain clay is more prone to cracking during production and drying, and is less suitable for hand-built, as its shape is easily stretched. However, the beauty of the white colour is based on the unique texture of porcelain, and by shaping it with hand-built, I focus on the warm side of porcelain, which has a hard, cold image.
People often ask me why I don't use a type of clay that bakes white and is easy to mold. The reason is simple, but it has an important meaning for me. Because I want to heal myself while I am making them.
When I realised that I was the one who wanted to be healed while I was making the work to give healing to others, the work was born. That was my graduation project. I was surprised at the happy reactions I received from many people even I didn't know. I realised that empathy is created because of the healing I feel as I am creating it. After graduation, I returned to Aichi and continued to work in a new but very inconvenient environment, seeking healing elements, healing forms, textures and colours that I could feel, so as not to lose myself in various turbulent times.
In addition, there are a lot of people in the medical profession around me for some reason, and I have felt how much healing is needed by people who are really helping others in this way over the past few years. I always felt guilty that I was doing something that was of no use to people. But they are the ones who need healing the most. Even though I can't replace them, I am happy if I can give them a little healing, so I continue to make my artwork.
This is my first solo exhibition, and I chose the title of this exhibition with the hope that the people who see my work will receive happiness and good fortune. I hope you enjoy it.
ふくのこ 2022, size: 6×7×h4cm, 磁土、金彩 Fukunoko 2022, 6 x 7 x h4 cm, porcelain clay, gold paint
ふくはこ ミナミハコフグ 2022, 15×18×h14cm, 磁土、金彩、パール彩 Fukuhako Yellow boxfish 2022, 15x18xh14cm,porcelain clay, gold paint and pearl colour
INFORMATION 鷲見茜 個展 Happy porcelain! しあわせひとつ、ふくひとつ。 2023年2月24日(金)–3月18日(土)
◆会場：AMMON TOKYO 営業時間：⽉〜土 10:00〜18:30 休廊⽇：日・祝 〒101-0051東京都千代⽥区神⽥神保町2-11-4メゾン・ド・ヴィレ 神⽥神保町1F (神保町さくら通り) Tel / Fax: 03-6261-0018 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Akane SUMI Solo Exhibition Happy porcelain! One happiness, one fortune. 24th Feb Fri – 18th Mar Sat, 2023
Venue: AMMON TOKYO Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00~18:30 Closed: Sundays & National Holidays Maison de Ville Kanda Jimbocho 1F, 2-11-4 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051, Japan Tel / Fax: 03-6261-0018 email: email@example.com
Akane SUMI Born 1995 in Aichi, Japan, graduated from the Department of Crafts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts in 2020. Fascinated by the beauty of the unique white colour of porcelain, creates works with motifs of living creatures by hand-building in porcelain clay. During her university years, deeply impressed by the beautiful and delicate porcelain works of her professors and seniors, and at the same time became aware of the current situation of a decline in the number of young artists. In addition, her childhood experience of living in the UK, where porcelain production is flourishing, also influenced her decision to pursue her current career. Produces works that resonate with people while valuing the 'healing' element she feels, in a small studio and residence has set up herself in Nagoya.