Many of my sculptures represent two forms pulling away from, or compressing against, each other. They act as metaphors for human relationships that are based on impending separation or forced attachment. Many people find the development of relationships to be a source of anxiety, and I attempt to express this interactive struggle through the physical movement of the clay.
Kayo Inaba's pieces offer a charming peek into her life along the outskirts of Kyoto City. Nature, and all its enchantments, is her family's backyard; her children can play within mountainside forests and come home to a mother who eagerly awaits a retelling of their adventures. It's happy moments like these that influence the clear theme of Inaba's work: enjoying life's simple pleasures.
As an artist, she strives to spread the happiness of her daily life to people all over the world.
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