Metal art by Junko Mori
Metal art by Junko Mori resembles delicate glass creations in the Art Nouveau style. Japanese artist Junko Mori was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1974. She graduated from the University of Arts in Tokyo in 1997 and defended her bachelor’s degree in three-dimensional design. Mori then worked as a welder at the plant for one year. From 1998 to 2000 she studied at the Camberwell College of Art in London, where she received her second bachelor’s degree. The artist’s statement – “The uncontrollable beauty is the core of my concept”. The assembling of forged and cast metal is the key to Junko Mori’s work, whether mild steel or almost pure silver. Her observations of tree and plant matter are the driving force behind many of her sculptures which vary in scale from small objects in precious metal through to fairly massive welded steel works of art.
“I am always drawn to the visual impact of an aggregate assembled with many small components and find infinite possibilities of the form multiplied by the vital power beyond the physical space, such as cell division through a microscope”.
My work consists of multiples of individually forged steel or other metals, and the subtle difference of each piece results from hand hammering. No piece is individually planned but becomes fully formed within the making and thinking process. Repeating little accidents, like a mutation of cells, the final accumulation of units emerges within this process of evolution.