The Art of Noriko Ambe

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Born in Saitama, Japan in 1967, Noriko Ambe uses everyday items such as paper, furniture drawers, discarded books, logs and even the ocean as mediums for expression.

Most popular for her work involving cutting layers of paper to create new forms left in the void of discarded material, Noriko has had solo and group exhibitions across the world including Italy, New York, California, and of course her native Japan.

She self-describes some of her work – which she has coined “sculpaper” – as looking, “…like annual rings of a tree or topographical map or wave, but it isn’t. It is absolutely the traces of actions of a person, which is me.”

Further describing her work, she states, “I want to attain something sublime. The entrance of the way is detail. The detail is the key point of nature, and we are part of nature. Even though the actions are simple, I do not try to draw and cut mechanical or perfect lines, for subtle natural distortions convey the nuances of human emotions, habits or biorhythm. For this I take care to make all works by hand.”

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For more information and to see more of Ambe’s work, click here and here.

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