Tomoko Abe
www.tomokoabe.com​

Statement
I am interested in exploring art forms that allow me to spontaneously collaborate with the materials I work with. Rather than forcing them to fit my intention, I enjoy the interactive process with the media. The materials speak to me and make me respond to them. The message in my work is rarely my idea alone – rather I wishe to co-exist in harmony with nature, by listening to the voices of the materials. 


My inspirations are often drawn from evolving and decaying facets of nature and their spiritual imprints. I have been inspired by unnoticeable elements, such as wind, soil and water, as well as man-made artifacts such as industrial wastes and debris. I use such seemingly trivial objects in my installations to bring them back to life. Through my art work, I want to confront the tension between transience and permanency, surface and depth, and ultimately, the fragility of our existence. 

I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA in painting. I received the ERASMUS scholarship and attended the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Salamanca, Spain. I have shown my work in exhibitions domestically and internationally and have recently participated in the residency program at Bullseye glass resource center. My works have been featured in the media, including 500 Raku, New York Times and Ceramics Art and Perception. I grew up in Japan, US and UK, before settling in the greater New York area.
 

Tomoko Abe
The Crit Lab Tomoko Abe
“Solar Tailing,” 2010, Ceramics and mixed media on Cyanotype printed paper, 3’ x 20’

The Crit Lab Tomoko Abe
“Black To Blue,” 2017, Bees wax, paraffin, Cyanotype on ceramic, glass, 30” x 30” x 4”

The Crit Lab Tomoko Abe
“Beneath The Rain,” 2012, Film projection on Porcelain and Abaca paper, 77” x 46”

The Crit Lab Tomoko Abe
“Black Tire,” 2018, Cast and fused glass, 28” x 9” x 6”

The Crit Lab Tomoko Abe
“Blood To Milk,” 2019, Cast glass and wood, 6’6” x 30” x 24”

The Crit Lab Tomoko Abe
“Brown Leaves/Liquid constellation,” 2018, Silkscreened fused mirrored glass, 17” x 8” x 1.5”

The Crit Lab Tomoko Abe
“Trans White,” 2018, Silkscreened fused glass, 17” x 27” x 3.5”

The Crit Lab Tomoko Abe
“Trans Blue,” 2018, Silkscreened fused glass, 17” x 27” x 3.5”