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Small Propagation Object 2004

from Propagation Project series

Junko Mori (born 1974, Yokohama, Japan)

Small Propagation Object
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Photo: Mike Davidson, Positive Image / Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

Junko Mori studied Interior & Crafts Design and Metalwork at Musashino University, Tokyo, from 1993 to 1997. A year later she came to Britain to study Silversmithing & Metalwork at Camberwell College of Arts in London. She now has a studio in Liverpool and works mainly in mild steel. Mori was short-listed for the Jerwood Applied Arts Prize: 2005 Metal.Junko Mori’s empathetic handling of her raw material results in stirring, imaginative and wholly original work. This piece comes from her Propagation Project series. Since 2000 she has worked on this series of mid-scale table objects in mild steel, based on multiple components, each slightly different, which when seen together create a dynamic form. Mori is fascinated with the visual impact of an aggregate assembled with many small components. The elements are forged individually, the hammer creating subtle differences of texture, and then connected one to another to represent and organic shape. The final form is not planned but develops as she responds to the emerging structure and inherent colours of the metal. Although created in a heavy dark metal this piece has a light ‘unsolid-ness’ not seen in her earlier steel works. Mori was inspired by the way in which single leaves, each individual in hue and shape, together form the recognisable outline of a tree. Here she has captured this and the way that the wind alters the shape of a tree. The articulated sections fall and move in a multitude of combinations.

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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