Marcel Proust wrote about Japanese water flower in “In Search of Lost Time”. Tiny pieces of compressed, colored pith...contained in water, opened to become flowers and, in the last paragraph of the opening chapter of “Du cóté de chez Swann”, become so powerful images for the workings of involuntary memory.
The small pieces have memories.
They bring you the Proust effect – they show how senses as doorways to lost memories.
Mari Ishikawa was born in Japan in 1964. She obtained a master degree of art at Nara University of Education. In 1994 she went to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich under Otto Künzli. In 1999 she became Master student, graduating in 2001. The artist is winner of various prizes and grants, including the 8th Itami City Contemporary Craft Award in 1997, Herbert Hoffmann Prize 2000 and 1st prize, Böhmler Art Award, Munich, in 2000. Her works has been exhibited worldwide in Germany, Spain, Austria, Poland, Thailand, the USA, Sweden, the Netherlands, Italy, Japan, and France. Her works are among the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, USA, Hiko Mizuno Collection, Tokyo, Japan, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Great Britain, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany.
Mari Ishikawa’s main inspiration in her jewelry-making process has always stemmed from her home culture and nature. As for her, the various shapes and perfections of natural forms like flowers and weeds are surprising. Their silent existence tells more than a thousand words sometimes. Her works always tries to freeze the plants’ beauty and stop the process of fading by keeping their essence and their memories.