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Shigemori Yoko Striking Black Glazed Vase, Autumn Field

Shigemori Yoko Striking Black Glazed Vase, Autumn Field

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Enigmatic script rises like fingerprints from the surface of this vertical black monolith by Shigemori Yoko dating from quite early in her career titled Autumn Field. The piece is slab-formed, the slabs pressed over a surface inscribed with mysterious scrawling and texts, one feels it possible to read, but it proves elusive. Like much of her work it is raw, Like garage band music. There is no other decoration, a powerful statement which staggers to one side. It is 14 x 17 x 40 cm (7 x 6 x 16 inches) and is in excellent condition.
Shigemori Yoko (1953-2021) was born in Kagoshima. Yoko came to Kyoto where she initially studied painting at the Kyoto Tankidai Art College, then moved to ceramics at the Kyoto Municipal Art University where she studied traditional pottery techniques under Kondo Yutaka before entering advanced courses under avant-garde Yagi Kazuo, graduating in 1979. Her first solo exhibitions were held while still a student at Gallery Iteza in Kyoto. She eschewed the world of competitive exhibitions in favor of the intimacy of private galleries, and her list of solo exhibitions is expansive. She received the Yagi Kazuo prize in 1986 and 1988 at the Nihon Gendai Togeiten National Modern Ceramics Exhibition. She was one of five artists featured in Toh, volume 76, the first issue dedicated to Kyoto potters. Toh was, at the time< the most in-depth survey of important contemporary potters published in 1993. Her work is held in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.