Biography

ARKO’s sculptures use rice straw, a by-product of the rice plant. It previously played a signi´Čücant role in everyday Japanese life and was used to make items such as shoes, coats, blankets and food wrappers. Now its main use is for the production of traditional straw festoons, which are holy ornaments for Shinto New Year ceremonies. It has almost faded out from modern life, despite large volumes of rice crop still being produced for food consumption. ARKO’s practice aims to reinvigorate the material by creating something new with it, to inspire feelings of natural providence, which is often overlooked in today’s digital and commercially-oriented society. 

 

ARKO has exhibited extensively in Japan and in international group shows such as Changing Attitude, Tokyo (2019); Loewe Baskets, Milan (2019); Object come from the earth, Tokyo (2018); Say No To Limits, Beijing (2007). In 2018, she was shortlisted for the Loewe Craft Prize, and exhibited at the Design Museum, London.

Works
  • Arko, Composition Rubato, 2021
    Arko
    Composition Rubato, 2021
    Rice Straw
    78 H x 30 W x 10 D cm
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  • Arko, Composition Marcato (A), 2021
    Arko
    Composition Marcato (A), 2021
    Rice Straw
    70 H x 27 W x 10 D cm
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  • Arko, A head-sea over the night sky (small), 2021
    Arko
    A head-sea over the night sky (small), 2021
    Rice Straw
    75 H x 125 W x 10 D cm
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  • Arko, Composition Accelerando #1, 2021
    Arko
    Composition Accelerando #1, 2021
    Rice Straw
    192 H x 70 W x 10 D cm
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  • Arko, Composition Allargando, 2021
    Arko
    Composition Allargando, 2021
    Rice Straw
    78 H x 30 W x 10 D cm
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  • Arko, Composition Marcato (B), 2021
    Arko
    Composition Marcato (B), 2021
    Rice Straw
    73 H x 31 W x 10 D cm
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  • Arko, Composition Rinforzando, 2021
    Arko
    Composition Rinforzando, 2021
    Rice Straw
    79 H x 30 W x 10 D cm
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  • Arko, Composition Sostenuto, 2021
    Arko
    Composition Sostenuto, 2021
    Rice Straw
    75 H x 33 W x 10 D cm
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  • Arko, Untitled, 2020
    Arko
    Untitled, 2020
    Rice straw
    70 H x 56 W x 12 D cm
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  • Arko, Untitled, 2020
    Arko
    Untitled, 2020
    Rice Straw
    43 H x 53 W x 8 D cm
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  • Arko, A Head-Sea Over The Night Sky, 2019
    Arko
    A Head-Sea Over The Night Sky, 2019
    Rice straw
    90 H x 181 W x 10 D cm
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