Mariko Isozaki


I thought about the first impression of "life" that I got from her works. The works are not realistic representations of living things, but they have a sense of soft curving lines, a balance of colour and a lustre which exudes life. Some people see these shapes as body parts; others as ripening blossoms. Viewing her works, one experiences the same feelings as viewing an animate objects: a warmth and a living texture. This is precisely how she intends it to be ."one can only perceive my works through the sense of sight, so I want to make objects which suggest warmth, fragrances and texture a as well. Indeed, when people describe her work they often use words like tactile and olfactory, terms which cannot possibly pertain only to the sense of sight. These combined perceptions are exactly what create the feeling of space, the relationship to the surroundings and the sense of life. They enliven the gulf between the viewer and the object and create an atmosphere otherwise unattainable through the single sense of sight. Her works, of course, don't move or grow, but the space around them changes because of their existence. The addition of other perceptions strengthens the unity between the viewer and the viewed. One can forget that her works are just ceramics.