石田 智子
I began making art from paper in 1992, that is, after my marriage. I married a Buddhist priest, and came to live in a Zen temple in the countryside of north-eastern Japan.

The year after our marriage just happened to be the fiftieth year after World War II, so there were many memorial ceremonies for fallen soldiers around that time. As a result, I spent many days without working on my art, nor thinking, nor even going far out of the temple, but just taking care of customers and guests, cleaning and cooking for the temple.

Living this way, I experienced for the first time a feeling of “connection” to the many things and people who came and went in my life each day. In particular, newspapers, letters, and various wrapping papers were passing in front of me all day long, without interruption, each and every day. I used to make art work from cloth, so it might be that I am fond of such fibers to begin with, but among all those paper, I picked up the papers used to wrap offerings to Buddha. Because those papers were durable material and beautiful color.

And I began to consider how to make art works out of those wrapping papers. But I wondered how I could work without any concentrated free time or even a workshop space, living as I was in the temple. I realized that it would have to be something simple and repetitive. In the end, I decided that I would make “koyori” pieces in the spare moments I could carve out of each day. With no particular plan in mind, I just worked at it, day by day, like keeping a diary. It only takes about 20 seconds to roll one paper for “koyori”, and they don’t take up much space, so I could see that this method and material suited my living conditions quite well.

As I worked with the paper that I gathered from many different sources, I began to imagine the reactions of the people that would come into contact with the paper after it left my hands as a work of art. Nowadays, I can even hear the paper say, “We are the embodiment of your time, your spirit , and even your encounters.”

“We are the embodiment of your discontent, your prayers and your dreams. We are the embodiment of you.” In this way, I feel that my koyori works represents not just me in this way, but the commonality of all mankind ? the human community.

For most people, it is not necessary to make art in order to live. However, for me, it is the only way to make sure that I am living. So, it is my hope that you will not just “view” the exhibition, but rather that my works will appeal to your senses and that it might resonate with you on a deeper level.
January,2005 Tomoko ISHIDA
1958Born in Osaka
1982Graduated from Dyeing Course, Faculty of Art, Kyoto Seika University
1991Married into a Zen temple Fukujuji in Miharumachi, Fukushima Prefecture and started creating art works with koyori pieces.
Currently lives in Miharumachi.

1958Born in Osaka
1982Graduated from Kyoto Seika University, Fine Arts Division
1983One-Person exhibit(Gallery 16, Kyoto)
Three-Person exhibit Serching how the things exist(Gallery Doutoku, Hokkaidou)
1984Marti-Existence exhibit( Contemporary Art Center, Osaka)
1985One-Person exhibit(Seibu Fablic Gallery, Tokyo)
1986One-Person exhibit(Gallery 16, Kyoto)
Modern Weaving and Forming Exhibition of Japan(Taipei City Museum, TAIWAN)
1993Potentiality of Thread and Cloth(Fukushima Prefectural Museum)
Light and Shadow : Japanese Artists in Space(North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, USA)
1995“IN OUR HANDS” An International Competition
Soft Sculpture for The Architecture(Hukiage Hall, Nagoya)
1996Modern Artist 3-D Miniature Exhibition “The Wall X”(Gallery Maronie,Kyoto)
(Wacoal Ginza Art Space, Tokyo)
(NAA Gaaallery, KOREA)
“Intellectual Art Works” Group exhibit(Gallery Nanorium, Yamanashi)
Asahi Modern Craft exhibit(Hankyu Department Gallery, Tokyo, Osaka)
One-Person exhibit(Gallery Nanorium, Yamanashi)
1997Sculputure Miniature Works exhibit(Gallery Maronie, Kyoto)
(Wacoal Ginza Art Space, Tokyo)
1998The 9th International Triennale of Tapestry, Lodz(The Central Museum of Textile, Lodz, POLAND)
1999One-Person exhibit(Zamberk City Museum, CZECH)
One-Person exhibit(Art Space 21, Tokyo)
Four-Person exhibit(Gallery Jin, Tokyo)
2000One-Person exhibit(Precede Howaie, Fukushima)
Permanent Instalation(Feeling Museum, Miyagi)
The 9th International Lace Biennial-Contemporary Art, Brussell(Costume and Lace Museum, BELGIUM)
2001The 9th International Lace Biennial-Contemporary Art, Heidelberg(Texitile Museum, GERMANY)
Able-Art Exhibition(Big-Eye Gallery, Fukushima)
Things in sight and out of sight, the shape of mind
2002One-Person exhibit(Kitakata City Museum, Fukushima)
2003One-Parson exhibit(Costume and Lace Museum,BELGIUM)
One-Parson exhibit(Gallery Nanorium, Yamanashi)
2004One-Parson exhibit(PECSI GALERIA, HUNGARY)
2005A MUSE LAND exhibit(Hokkaido Prefectural Museum, Sapporo)
The Common Garden exhibit(manggha Museum, Krakow, POLAND
(Central Museum of Taxtiles,Lodz, POLAND)
2006Holland Paper Biennial 2006(CODA Museum/Rijswijk Museum,NETHERLANDS)
2007One-Parson exhibit(Gallery Masuga, Fukushima)
The 3th BIWAKO Biennial – Genius Loci(Aged House, Shiga)
[ White Fox ] Art of stage(Sougakudou Tokyo National University, Yokyo)
2008Group exhibit(Wacoal Ginza Art Space, Tokyo)
2009Two-Person Exhibit(ESPACE_L ,Paris,FRANCE)
Town is Museum!(Gallery Nanorium, Aged House,Yamanashi)
Stimulating Artists from Museum(Fukushima Prefectural Museum)
2010Exhibition of Myoushin Temple(Kyusyu National Museum, Fukuoka)
Group Exhibition of Museum’s Collection(Fukushima Prefectural Museum)
One-Parson exhibit(Gallary SUGATA, Kyoto)
One-Parson exhibit(Art Gallery ARTIUM, Fukuoka)
NEW MATERIAL WORLD(Sheldon Museum, Nebraska, U.S.A.)
2011One-Person Exhibit(Gallary NAUFU ,Gifu)
One-Person Exhibit(Gallery Nanorium, Yamanashi)
2013One-Person Exhibit(Gallary SUGATA, Kyoto)
One-Person Exhibit(Gallary SUGATA HIKARIE, Tokyo)
2018“BUDDYZM” JAPAN Art Festival (Museum of Japanese Art and Technology “Manggha”, Poland)
Islamic Art Festival “21th Session” – “HORIZON” (Sharjah Art Museum, SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates)

1995IN OUR HANDS An International Competition:The Second Grand Prix (Nagoya, JAPAN)
1998International Triennale of Tapestry, Lodz 1998:Grand Prix, (Lodz, POLAND)
:Museum Award (Lodz, POLAND)
2000The 9th International Lace Biennial-Contemporary Art:Queen Fabiola’s Grand Prix (Brussell, BELGIUM)

Museum of Arts and Design (formerly American Craft Museum) (New York, U.S.A.)
Museum of Costume and Lace (Brussels, Belgium)
Kankaku Museum (Iwadeyama, Miyagi)
Seibu Department Store (Yurakucho, Tokyo)
Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art (Fukushima, Fukushima)

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