Aomi Kikuchi

Aomi Kikuchi earnestly learns various knowledge and techniques of crafts. She digests them, and takes a unique approach to conventional thinking and methods to create innovative fine arts. She explores Japanese aesthetics and the philosophy of Buddha as her source of inspiration.

Artist Statement

I make sculptures, wall pieces and garments using textiles and found objects to explore Japanese aesthetics and the philosophy of Buddha. They are “Wabi-Sabi”, the beauty found in imperfections, and ”Mono-no-aware”, the feeling of sympathy for changing or perishing phenomena or substances. Closely related to the philosophy of Buddha, these can be summarized in three key words: impermanence, insubstantiality, and suffering. My work addresses infinity as the succession of fleeting and brittle activities. I create art to inspire dialogue and reflection on these concepts through materials and aesthetic philosophies. With freedom and flexibility, I combine acquired knowledge and experiment. I actively use scraps that come from both my working practice and the environment around me.

Bio

Aomi Kikuchi is a textile artist based in Kyoto, Japan. She holds a BFA from Kyoto University of Art & Design (Japan) and an MFA from Pratt Institute (USA). Aomi has exhibited her work throughout the world including at Woman’s Essence Show 2020 (Rome), Today’s Silk Road Exhibition (China), LA Art Show Modern + Contemporary (California), and will exhibit at Art Laguna 2021. 

Her work is based on Japanese aesthetic principles and the teachings of the Buddha.

“Wabi-sabi”, a well known philosophy that beauty is found in imperfections and “Mono-no-aware”, the feeling of sympathy for that which changes or perishes such as the seasons and all living things. The Buddha states that nothing exists in the same state forever, that what we believe to exist is uncertain and that we can only recognize with our five senses. People feel suffering when they seek something everlasting yet while existence is not eternal, the activities of matter and life are conceptually infinite.

Aomi takes inspiration from the fragility and fleetingness found in natural cycles and in textile. With over 30 years, Aomi has dedicated extensive and immersive practice to Japanese Kimono Haute Couture, Yusen dyeing techniques, and silk fabrics after becoming a fashion designer. This background inspires her artistic exploration and her artwork utilizes various textile materials and techniques including extremely thin fibers, goose down, and cotton flower along with knitting, weaving, embroidery, and other craft techniques. 

She is currently working on several series of  installation pieces, innovative embroidery works, and sculptures. In these works she explores the concept of impermanence and infinity through the use of biology and nature with textiles and waste.

Publishing

Title: Spotlight Magazine Issue 25 Circle Foundation 

https://circle-arts.com/spotlight-25/

Title: Art Collector's Choice - Middle East Volume II: Middle East

Contemporary  Art Station 2021

Available at  

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/art-collectors-choice-middle-east-volume-ii-contemporary-art-station/1139382342?ean=9788418287923

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Collectors-Choice-Middle-East/dp/8418287926/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=art+collector%27s+choice&qid=1620146697&sr=8-2

 

Title: Art  Retreat 2020-2021  Living with Pictures

Enter Into Art 

https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/65626117/art-retreat-living-with-pictures-2020-21-vol-6 

Title: Observica SE 2020

Publisher: Discover the Artist

https://www.observica.com/p/se2020.html

 

Title:Excellent Art  2020

Enter into Art

https://enterintoart.com/art-gift-books/#jp-carousel-6071

 

Art Ideal Issue-1

Publisher: Circle Foundation

Copyright Aomi Kikuchi 2021

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