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On Display at Jean Jacobs Gallery: Tomoko Amaki Abe

September 10 - October 9

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New Canaan, CT— Jean Jacobs Gallery is pleased to present Tomoko Abe – Tracing Shadows opening reception on Saturday, September 10th, 2022 from 6pm-9pm at 84 Main Street New Canaan, CT 06840.

Tomoko Amaki Abe

“I am interested in exploring art forms that allow me to spontaneously collaborate with the materials I work with. Rather than forcing them to fit my intention, I enjoy the interactive process with the media. The materials speak to me and make me respond to them. Each medium has a unique character, and often demands a specific artistic process or combination with other materials. The message in my work is rarely my idea alone – rather I wish to coexist in harmony with nature, by listening to the voices of the materials.

My inspirations are often drawn from evolving and decaying facets of nature and their spiritual imprints. I have been inspired by unnoticeable elements, such as wind, soil and water, as well as man-made artifacts such as industrial wastes and debris. I use such seemingly trivial objects in my installations to bring them back to life.

Through my artwork, I want to confront the tension between transience and permanency, surface and depth, gravity and non-gravity, and ultimately, the fragility of our existence.

The title of this show ‘Tracing Shadows’ came to my mind while walking outdoors during the heatwave. Shadows lead me to a sane place amidst all the uncontrollable things happening in the world. As I was putting together the show I felt as if I were tracing shadows of my past and my on-going works. Looking back on my works from ceramic to paper to glass, I realize a large portion of them are inspired by light and shadows. This show is in some sense a retrospective for all these works of mine through that perspective.”

We welcome all ages to join our Opening Reception – Saturday, July 9th, 2022 from 6pm – 9pm at the Jean Jacobs Gallery – 84 Main Street, New Canaan, Connecticut 06840.


September 10
October 9


Jean Jacobs Gallery
84 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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