Combining memories of her mother’s garden in Gifu with inspiration found in the parks of London, the work of Hitomi Hosono demonstrates a meticulous study of botanical forms. Hosono makes use of hand-carved models and plaster moulds, to make press-moulded and hand-carved individual porcelain plant forms. Hundreds of these porcelain leaves and flowers are then applied to vase or bowl forms enveloping the object’s underlying shape to create an intensely intricate texture that captivates with its delicate beauty.
The works that will be on show at the Daiwa Foundation combine inspiration from nature in England along with memories from the artist’s home in Japan. Touching porcelain clay, Hosono’s imagination travels freely between Britain and Japan, conjuring up memories of the elegant curly petals of the Nadeshiko flower in her mother’s garden and of the gorgeous Wisteria climbing the walls of an English church.
For this event, the artist was joined in conversation by Dr. Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere, Research Director of the Sainsbury Institute, Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at the University of East Anglia and IFAC Handa Curator in Japanese Arts at The British Museum.
The exhibition is in association with Adrian Sassoon, London.
Adrian Sassoon is the UK’s leading dealer in contemporary decorative works of art. For 25 years Adrian Sassoon has promoted artists by arranging major solo shows throughout the UK and exhibiting at the world’s most prestigious art fairs. Adrian Sassoon also actively works with international museums and galleries to place works of art in their collections.Hosono's exhibition at the Japan House Gallery, The Telegraph
About the contributors
Hitomi Hosono, represented by Adrian Sassoon, studied Ceramics at the Kanazawa College of Art in Japan and then Ceramic Design
in Copenhagen, Denmark before completing an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art, London in 2009. In addition to a series of solo exhibitions in London, Hosono’s work is represented in the collections of the British Museum, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA as well as institutions in France and Germany.
Dr Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere
Dr Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere is the founding Director of the Sainsbury Institute and Professor of Japanese Art and Culture at the University of East Anglia. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998. She spent three years on secondment as a Visiting Professor in Cultural Resource Studies at Tokyo University (2006-2009). From Summer 2011 she is Research Director of the Sainsbury Institute. She is currently seconded to the British Museum as IFAC Handa Curator of Japanese Art in the Department of Asia.