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Kikuko Morimoto
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Brownsville



ARTIST STATEMENT: When I meditate I connect with what I consider to be the great mystery; that is, what lies deep inside all of us, the essence of what makes us each unique. That mystery is the stillness and the silence within. It is formless, unlimited, full of potential and unconditional love. Through my art, I apply luminosity of color, light, and flow to this mystery. My hope is that the painting allows viewers to connect with that space within themselves. I derive my inspiration and creativity not only from my inner space but also from my surrounding world; the lights in the corridor of the Fulton Street subway station, a young man's iPad screen I happened to glance at, the dining scene from the movie, “The Band’s Visit”. My art is based around shapes and colors and my goal is that the viewer loses him/herself in the color, and merges with the art itself. I want the viewer to have a direct, intimate, primordial, emotional experience. To achieve this, I create large spaces of color in which the viewer can immerse him/herself. To create an organic, natural feeling, I remove the boundary of the traditional rectangular canvas by ripping paper, creating an uneven edge. The color is produced through repeated applications of thin paint. My process is intuitive and accepting of chance.
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ARTIST RESUME:


Kikuko Morimoto is born in Kobe, Japan lives and works in NY city.

Education
2007 The Art Students League of New York, New York, NY
2000 Columbia University, New York, NY MFA
1988 Osaka University of Arts, Osaka, Japan, BFA,
1987 California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA,

Solo Exhibition
2014 Brooklyn Zen Center - No Seeing Wall, Brooklyn, NY

Group Exhibitions
2015 Artist’s Proof, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
2015 New York International Arbitration Center (NYIAC), New York, NY
2014 Affordable Art Fair Spring- New York, NY
2014 The Conference Board, New York, NY
2014 NYU Langone Medical Center HJD, New York, NY
2013 Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 2012 Merit Scholarship Winners Exhibition, New York, NY
2013 The 2nd Annual Summer! Exhibition - Manhattan Borough President’s Offices, New York, NY


HONORS AND AWARDS
2014 ArtsSant Showcase Winner
2012 Vaclav Vytlacil Memorial Scholarship -2012 -Art Students League of New York
PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS
2015 The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, New Brighton, MN
2015 LINES from the LEAGUE, New York, NY
2015 fields magazine, Austin, TX
2012 LINES from the LEAGUE, New York, NY
 








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