Born and raised in Japan, Midori Takaki is a ceramic artist currently based in Canterbury, England. Midori first discovered ceramics in 2008 and has shown her artworks in various different locations across the UK and abroad.
Midori's work is full of Japanese cultural influences, particularly animism in Shinto and Zen aesthetics. Symbolism, myth, folklore and historical stories have also influenced her practice. Midori believes that the strength of Japanese design lies in the process of stylizing a motif to almost abstraction and she hopes her work carries some of this important tradition.
I AM DRAWN TO FACES. I ALWAYS START FROM MAKING A FACE AND TRY TO FIND A SPIRIT IN IT. I WILL MAKE FULL FIGURES IF THE FACES TELL ME ENOUGH ABOUT WHO THEY ARE. BUT AT OTHER TIMES THEY WON'T SAY ANYTHING, OR THEY ARE COMPLETE WITHOUT BODIES. THEN THEY BECOME MASKS.