Mariko Kusumoto was born and raised in Japan and now lives and works in Massachusetts. She received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Musashino Art College in Tokyo, Japan, and her MFA in Printmaking from Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including cover features in American Craft, Fiber Art Now, and Metalsmith magazines. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Kock Collection at the Swiss National Museum, the Racine Art Museum, and Murikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, Florida.
“I form polyester fabric and assemble it into three-dimensional wearable and sculptural pieces. My work reflects various, observable phenomena that stimulate my mind and senses; they can be natural or man-made. I ‘reorganize’ them into a new presentation that can be described as surreal, amusing, graceful, or unexpected. A playful, happy atmosphere pervades my work. Many of my pieces come from accidental discoveries. During the experimentation process, a breathtaking moment sometimes happens. I catch those moments and develop ideas from that point.
I love the translucency of fabric. Working with layers and adding moving parts creates playful, mysterious and ethereal atmospheres. I feel endless unlimited possibilities in these materials.”