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Yukiko Iwatani

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I respect and love plants as cohabitants living together with us on this beautiful earth. My art pieces are made with common wild plants found around us. I focus on the charm of the plants that people do not usually notice and I make small delicate sculptures, video work and Installation art with them. Sometimes, I incorporate the history or stories of the exhibition place into my artwork. Some of my recent exhibitions are the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in Nigata, Japan(2015), and the Biwako Biennale in Shiga, Japan(2018). I also participated in the Rokko Meets Art in Hyogo, Japan(2019) where I won the grand prize. Outside Japan, I participated in the exhibition "Moving Plants" at the Rønnebæksholm Art Museum in Næstved, Denmark in the summer of 2017. At that time, I stayed one month and made my artwork with plants from around the museum.

Last update : 11 Nov. 2021


This cup was made naturally by joining wool yarn with the hooks found on the spines of Onamomi seeds.

Rokko Meets Art in Hyogo, Japan (2019)
I made various artworks with plants living on Rokko Mountain. I set them up at 16 places inside
the Rokko Cable Sanjo Station. This string was made by tying maple seed stalks together.

Biwako Biennale in Shiga, Japan (2018)
I exhibited at an old merchant’s house. A lot of things were left in that house. Those
things tell the life of the family who lived there before World War Ⅱ. I made my artwork
with those things and with plants collected from around the house.

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