Motoko Furuhashi

Motoko Furuhashi received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, she is appointed as an Associate Professor at New Mexico State University. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Oakland Museum of California, and Alliages in Lilly, France. Publications include 500 Plastic Jewelry design by Lark Books, New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World by Nicolas Estrada, and Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin. Her research has been influenced by the locations in which she has lived or visited. She grew up in Tokyo and since childhood, she always read maps and used her imagination to travel around the world. Her inquiry today is very much driven by Her past rooted in the desire to explore the unknown and it has been these experiences traveling where the roads that take me from one place to another.

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Compromise

Date of Creation: July 1, 2019

List of Materials: Brass, wood, artificial plants

Dimensions: 95 x 170 x 30 mm

Photographer's Name: Artist

Conceptual Statement: I see the tension that exists between our association with the road and our desires live an open and free life removed from the constraint of dictatorial mandates and prescribed pathways. This leads to an ongoing cycle of the planning and re-planning our locations to fit our conveniences and our illusions of control. This entire narrative often takes place before us in the roads and alley ways we adhere to and yet subconsciously ignore. These spaces are the literal and physical presentations of our relationship with constraint and openness. Some roads can be well maintained and are often considered ideal; while others are overtly neglected and said to be undesirable. Within this contrast is where I provide a unique representation of the interrelationships between time, location, perception, and importance. My work derives from these narratives and shifts the meaning of perfection, transforming our perception of reality into new perspectives.

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Reveal

Date of Creation: 01/05/2019

List of Materials: Brass, road paint

Dimensions: 12 x 15 x 3 (inclus)

Photographer's Name: Artist

Conceptual Statement: I use materials from streets that show physical evidence of the passage of time. This is characterized by my selection of “insignificant” objects as the focal point. Raw materials collected from locations I have visited become precious pieces of evidence that recall the nostalgia or history of a specific place. These objects carry the substaintional value. Relevant to the site from which it has been excavated, each found object is a unique representation of the interrelationships between time, location, perception, and importance. Materials that at first glance appear insignificant, are actually relics of an entire narrative that would normally be forgotten. Each imperfection represents a thread of its own reality, unique to itself and carries the history of a distant memory.

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Valley Drive

Date of Creation: 01/04/2019

Dimensions: 3x3x3 (inches)

Photographer's Name: Artist

Conceptual Statement: I use materials from streets that show physical evidence of the passage of time. This is characterized by my selection of “insignificant” objects as the focal point. Raw materials collected from locations I have visited become precious pieces of evidence that recall the nostalgia or history of a specific place. These objects carry the substaintional value. Relevant to the site from which it has been excavated, each found object is a unique representation of the interrelationships between time, location, perception, and importance. Materials that at first glance appear insignificant, are actually relics of an entire narrative that would normally be forgotten. Each imperfection represents a thread of its own reality, unique to itself and carries the history of a distant memory.

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