- Museum number
- Object: Propagation Project: Ring of Small Petals no.120 増殖 /環 小さな花びら
Sculpture in a circular shape. Formed from forged steel nails, sandblasted, heated and coated with beeswax.
- Production date
Height: 57 centimetres
Weight: 20 kilograms
Width: 59 centimetres
Depth: 30 centimetres
- Curator's comments
120番 増殖/環 小さな花びら 森純子作
Propagation Project: Ring of Small Petals no.120
by Mori Junko (born 1974)
Mori Junko is one of the more innovative and exciting Japanese artists currently working with metal. Mori employs traditional Japanese metal techniques, such as hand-forgiving steel, seen here with thousands of individually hand-cut nails crafted together to form a compelling sculptural form. She takes inspiration from nature and uses her imagination to turn metal into objects with an organic feel that almost appear to undulate.
Mori Junko was born in Yokohama and attended Musashino Art University. She then worked as a welding assistant in Toma steel factory. In 1998 she came to the UK and enrolled in a silversmithing and metalworking degree at Camberwell College of Art. She is now based in Northern Wales.
Forged steel coated with bee's wax; Llyn Peninsula, 2014
Purchase funded by JTI Japanese Acquisition Fund
(Label copy, 2017)
Mori Junko is one of the more innovative and exciting Japanese metal artists working today, who is based in the UK. Working with a technique which has been practised in Japan for long time, she receives inspiration from nature and uses imagination to turn metal (often iron steel or silver) into objects that have an organic feel. Mori is now well established and has worked on major collaborative projects with public and private museums in the UK, including Holburne Museum in Bath and Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
Mori’s work is incredibly well constructed and visually compelling. This is a major work of hers both in size and in the amount of individually forged nails she used to construct this complex sculpture.
- On display (G93/dc9)
- Exhibition history
2014 Oct - , BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
- Acquisition date
- Registration number