Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui

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Creating works which pay particular attention to form and proportion, Keiko Matsui explores the profile of a vessel and the interconnectedness between the interior and exterior. Having studied at the National Art School in Sydney, Japanese-born Australian artist Keiko Matsui’s work begins at the potter’s wheel and is then manipulated, cut and reassembled to evoke a quiet and subtle abstraction. Keiko works predominantly in porcelain and creates both functional and non-functional objects. “I enjoy working with fine porcelain,” she says. “It is extremely sensitive and responsive to the human touch when it’s soft. When fired, it becomes translucent and very strong. The nature of clay is endlessly fascinating.” Although living on the Central Coast in New South Wales, Keiko is still able to be close to her home of Japan by drawing on her Japanese heritage through her art practice. Keiko’s current work explores the altering and reforming of fine porcelain forms through cutting and rejoining of sections – a technique known as Kintsugi in Japan. Kintsugi itself celebrates the damage and subsequent visible mending that results from the use of important functional objects. Keiko does this by overtly repairing broken ceramics with lacquer and gold powder – a clear celebration of use, breakage and its mending.

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