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Junko Oki Biography

Junko Oki is a Japanese textile artist known for her two and three dimensional stitched and embroidered works on fabric as well as for a series of artist books.

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She started her artistic practice in the year 2002 right before turning 40. The majority of her work consists of embroidery on old fabrics (often several centuries old) that were collected by her late mother. The material used by Oki is referred to as boro, a term that may include textiles from various origins, clothing, weavings used for candle making, tatami rimmings, as well asold bags. Oki's textile compositions are rich and dense. They consist of abstract coloured thread drawings implanted like spiralling memories into fabric. The contrast between old and new textile layers signifies an elegiac distance from past ways of living, yet her palimpsest approach can equally evoke proximity. Her aesthetics are shaped by childhood memories as well as a multitude of experiences. The repetitive, manual labor of stitching and sewing, in the words of Oki, is propelled by two gravitational forces, love and death. Her work focuses primarily on human relationships, particularly those of her family and while exploring these themes, her work ranges out into automatist drawing, surrealism, poetry, art brut as well as feminist art.

Junko Oki is based in Kanagawa, Japan and had solo exhibitions at Office Baroque, Kosaku Kanechica, Shiseido Gallery, Dee's Hall and Morioka Shoten, Tokyo. Major group exhibitions include 7 Artists at Kosaku Kanechica, Tokyo (2019), Yamagata Biennale, Yamagata (2018), Nous sewing and living at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (2016). Her works are included in the permanent collection of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Text courtesy Office Baroque.

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an anemone by Junko Oki contemporary artwork textile
Junko Oki an anemone, 2020 Cotton, silk
45.3 x 40 x 3.8 cm
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detour by Junko Oki contemporary artwork textile
Junko Oki detour, 2024 Cotton, silk, linen, wool
57.4 x 45.3 x 8 cm
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Andromeda by Junko Oki contemporary artwork textile
Junko Oki Andromeda, 2021 Cotton, hemp, silk
80.8 x 53.3 x 9.5 cm
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Moon and chrysalis 01 by Junko Oki contemporary artwork sculpture, textile
Junko Oki Moon and chrysalis 01, 2017 Cotton, bandage, iron, beeswax
100.3 x 91 x 2.7 cm
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marigold by Junko Oki contemporary artwork textile
Junko Oki marigold, 2024 Cotton, silk, linen, wool
85 x 84.3 x 8 cm
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journey by Junko Oki contemporary artwork textile
Junko Oki journey, 2024 Cotton, silk, linen, wool
172.3 x 55.3 x 8.2 cm
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mistletoe by Junko Oki contemporary artwork textile
Junko Oki mistletoe, 2024 Cotton, silk, linen, wool
108.5 x 108.3 x 8 cm
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Love you by Junko Oki contemporary artwork textile
Junko Oki Love you, 2024 Cotton, silk, linen
98.4 x 62.8 x 8 cm
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