We are proud to present our first featured artist, Kyoco Mori! Originating from Onomichi, Hiroshima, Mori now lives in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa with her three sons. She works with various mediums, from canvas to surfboards, creating detailed retro-influenced collages to take her viewers on an exploration of “unfinished beauty.” In 2016 Mori’s worked earned the Shibuya Award at the Shibuya Arts Festival. Her art has been displayed in numerous group exhibitions across Japan and Italy. In 2017 her solo exhibition, “The Chaos,” was shown in Yamaneko cafe in Onomichi City. We were incredibly inspired by Mori’s ability to balance life as an artist with the busy life of a full time mom!
(Collaged Portraits by Mori)
How would you describe your style? What mediums or techniques do you use?
I would describe my style as eclectic, retro-influenced pop art that showcases the raw beauty of the unadorned human form. My creations use canvas, concrete, textiles, surfboards…whatever I can get my hands on!
What sparked your creative fire and sent you along an artist’s path?
Life with three sons is busy and sometimes stressful, but there are a lot of interesting parts to it. My three kids sparked my creative energy.
What do you, as an artist, stand for?
I stand for bringing the raw beauty of the unadorned human form to light. It is important to include all the ugly, humorous, and weak parts into a depiction of the whole person. It is in the “unfinished” parts that we are able to find the most genuine beauty.
What do you hope your art inspires in other people?
My desire is for my art to express feeling and share it with others. I want to help people release
negative feelings and leave them with positive inspiration in their lives.
(Mori's work on display in 2018 at the Sorrento Young Artist gallery in Italy)
Were there any travel experiences that influenced your artwork?
When I was seventeen, I went to the state of Georgia in the USA and this trip had a big impact on me. The father of my host family there was also an artist, so it was great that I stayed with a crazy and powerful family. I was lucky to in an environment that was supportive of my art!
Any advice for beginning, young artists?
I am not a human being that can give others advice, but always be honest with yourself. That is what has worked for me on my journey.
(Mori also paints on clothes! Above Yano Aoki wears her creation for the Ikebana show!)
If you would like to learn more about Kyoco Mori, you can visit her website at www.kyoco-mori.com/.
Her work can be purchased in her online shop!