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Silver Organism 2002

Junko Mori (born 1974, Yokohama, Japan)

Silver Organism
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Photo: Mike Davidson, Positive Image / Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

Junko Mori works with various metals, particularly mild steel. After graduation she became particularly attracted to the qualities of silver. She researched the history of British silversmithing and decided to experiment with new ways of handling the material in response to the “limited traditional techniques” that she felt dominated contemporary silversmithing. She also decided to transfer her blacksmithing skills to working in silver and describes the difficulties of this new technique and how it developed in this way: “….welding silver is very difficult because silver is a more conductive material, and there is more risk to melt the whole piece away. Having tried a number of test pieces, I gained the confidence to develop the spiky vessel forms…” This silver organism is the 13th piece from the series of structures inspired by nature, which Mori calls the “best of uncontrollable beauty”. The organic form is enhanced by the long and wriggly spikes, creating an upright construction with unexpected balance. The result is a wonderfully tactile and charming piece, reminiscent of a sea urchin, which demonstrates superbly her blacksmithing skills. This tantalising object also speaks of Mori’s somewhat humorous approach in creating a sharp spiky organic work from a traditionally soft and forgiving metal, so aptly suited for tableware. In a short time Mori has made a significant contribution to the field of metalworking. Her spiky organisms have encouraged both members of the public and curators to reconsider preconceptions about this precious metal.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Adrian Sasson, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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