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Seascape

Necklace
2019 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The polyester jewellery made by Mariko Kusumoto combines lyrical imagery with innovative practice, resulting in work of rare delicacy and mystery. Known initially for her work in metals, she has written of the hours of experimentation that underpin her mastery of polyester fabric, and of the sense of wonder that she aims for in her work: ‘During the experimental process there is sometimes a breathtaking moment; I catch those moments and develop ideas from that point’. This necklace, capturing the subtle colours and translucent harmonies of marine life has an arresting appeal and speaks to Kusumoto’s hope that ‘the viewer experiences discovery, surprise, and wonder through my work’.

Mariko Kusumoto (born Japan, 1967) trained initially as a fine artist and printmaker in Tokyo and San Francisco. A fascination with the metal plates for printing led her towards jewellery, initially working in metals but from around 2013 experimenting with polyester fabric. Based in America, her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In Europe her work is represented in the Koch Collection at the Swiss National Museum, Zurich; and in the collection of Jean Paul Gaultier with whom she collaborated on his haute couture collection Spring/Summer 2019.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Polyester fabric
Brief Description
'Seascape' necklace of polyester fabric and steel, designed and made by Mariko Kusumoto, USA, 2019
Physical Description
A large cluster of translucent marine forms made of different-coloured polyester fabric, mounted on black fabric and suspended on a fine steel cord. The forms are glistening and hollow, some with further elements - either fixed or mobile - within. The polyester fabric is in some cases shot - with threads of pink and blue and, less prominently dark blue and red - while other elements are printed with a darker overlay of stripes or have small circles cut out. Its pastel shades include cream, gold, pink and turquoise as well as white.
Dimensions
  • Height: 280mm (Note: including steel circlet)
  • Width: 165mm
  • Depth: 90mm
Marks and Inscriptions
(Signed 'Mariko' in white on the reverse)
Production
This is the second of three 'seascape' necklaces created by Mariko Kusumoto in 2019.
Summary
The polyester jewellery made by Mariko Kusumoto combines lyrical imagery with innovative practice, resulting in work of rare delicacy and mystery. Known initially for her work in metals, she has written of the hours of experimentation that underpin her mastery of polyester fabric, and of the sense of wonder that she aims for in her work: ‘During the experimental process there is sometimes a breathtaking moment; I catch those moments and develop ideas from that point’. This necklace, capturing the subtle colours and translucent harmonies of marine life has an arresting appeal and speaks to Kusumoto’s hope that ‘the viewer experiences discovery, surprise, and wonder through my work’.



Mariko Kusumoto (born Japan, 1967) trained initially as a fine artist and printmaker in Tokyo and San Francisco. A fascination with the metal plates for printing led her towards jewellery, initially working in metals but from around 2013 experimenting with polyester fabric. Based in America, her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In Europe her work is represented in the Koch Collection at the Swiss National Museum, Zurich; and in the collection of Jean Paul Gaultier with whom she collaborated on his haute couture collection Spring/Summer 2019.
Bibliographic Reference
Illustrated in 'Mariko Kusumoto: Natural Grace', a brochure published by Micheko Galerie to accompany the exhibition 10th March to 4th April 2020, page 9.
Collection
Accession Number
M.63-2021

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record createdMarch 2, 2021
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