- Also known as
Mishima Kimiyo 三島喜美代
primary name: Mishima Kimiyo
- individual; ceramicist/glass worker/potter; Japanese; Female
- Life dates
- Female artist born in 1932 in Osaka. Mishima is mostly recognised for her ceramic sculptures onto which printed matters are transferred by silkscreen. She has been creating these works since about 1971. Now in her 80s, she still remains prolific. Earlier, during 50s and 60s, she displayed many ambitious paintings using a collage technique, which also drew much public attention at the time.
What has been the backbone of her creative urge is ‘The fear and anxiety of being drowning in information’. Through her artwork, she has kept questioning the uncertainty of modern society in which more and more information is provided by printed matters, updated and rapidly outdated. This is happening so rapidly that we have no time to examine and enjoy the actual materials produced, such as manga magazines. What originally drew her to clay was the opportunity it afforded to move her practice into three-dimensional space that is also solid and yet breakable.
Mishima had started experimenting with painting in her teens, and in about 1957 she changed to abstract art. She started to draw varying motives with strayed or thick layers of paint. From 1960s, she made use of mosquito nets, blankets, newspapers, magazines for collage, among them especially fond of printed matter. She took up silk-screen printing in 1966 and then her style has developed into three-dimensional. In 1986/87, she studied in New York, supported by a grant by the Rockefeller Scholarship ACC, New York, USA.
Mishima’s works have been shown in many international exhibitions including ‘Contemporary Japanese Art’, Musee d’ Art et d’ Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland (1983), Contemporary Japanese Ceramic, The Everson Museum of Art, New York (1992) and International Exhibition, Japan-Brazil, Art Museum of Sao Paulo (1998). In 1974, she received Gold Medal in International Ceramic Exhibition, Faenza Ceramic Museum, Faenza, Italy. Her works are in the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan; Benesse Art Site Naoshima, Japan; The First National Bank of Chicago, USA; The Korean Culture & Arts Foundation Seoul, Korea; and the Museum of Art Olot, Spain, etc.