Aki Moriuchi.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

1 December – 31 December 2015
139 Artspace , 139 Greenwich South Street, London SE10 8NX

Read my online interview on this site.

The works shown here are fragments of memories and findings, of my
personal journey through landscapes, both urban and in Nature.

Each piece is unbound but collaged to connect together to give a sense of
freedom and openness as a whole. They are incomplete, growing,
imperfect, fluid…much like life itself.

I believe art communicates and connects with us in different ways.
It is all around us, in the everyday.
I have created this piece as part of an installation for a window.
The place is not a gallery, but a small window of a house occupied by young artists.
The work can only be seen from the street.

Details of installation

Details of installation

Three Small canvases

Installation with Loose and stretched canvas and found object:
mixed media with oil, pigments, marble dust, plaster, oil bar, charcoal and others.

Introduction

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Aki Moriuchi came to London via Siberia in the 1970’s travelling around Europe before reaching the U.K. It included a short stay in both East and West Germany, during which time the Berlin Wall still existed. She has lived in the U.K. since then.

She started her career in 1992 as a potter/ceramicist after completing two ceramic courses in London. She was selected in 1993 as a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Britain (CPA) and a full member of Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA).

Her ceramics were distinctively recognisable by their weathered surfaces resembling old stones and rock formations. They are in many public and private collections in the U.K. and worldwide including Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Having developed a strong interest in Native American life around 1995, she attended the MA Native American Studies in 1998 and 1999 at the University of Essex. She travelled extensively around Native American reservations and the surrounding areas in the USA and Canada over two decades, visiting numerous historically significant sites, many of which are located in remote areas away from ordinary tourist routes.

Her perception of time, space and Nature which had inherently been there as a Japanese, was further reinforced by developing a relationship with the Native American people and landscapes, and continues to inspire her work to this day.

In 2003, she moved from London to Cornwall but returned to London 4 years later, boldly ending her long established ceramic career which was still flourishing at the time.

Changing media from clay to paint happened unexpectedly, but she is finding that paint, like clay, can create certain surfaces and textures, similarly tactile in both works.

They all reflect the slow but gradual passage of time.

She currently works in a studio in Hackney Wick, and also helps as a volunteer in an art class in North London for people with disabilities.