Fumie Kihara


Bio / Resumee / Statement:

-Born in Japan
-Was educated metal craft design at an art university and a graduate school in Tokyo
-Worked as a designer of ironworks in Tokyo after graduation
-Moved to Seattle in 2004 to study art and design
-Have worked as a designer of ironworks in Seattle, US

Metal, especially iron, is basic material of my art. Making art with metal has made me feel free from sense of volume and mass and has allowed the form of my art to spread into space freely. Also, I have become spatially aware and sensitive to space in my art work. When I think about form of my work, I also consider the space around it. That's why I like to walk around my art because they have many different appearances from every angle. I divide and enclose space with lines and surfaces or put them to cross by focusing on the positional relations between elements, so that viewers can be aware of space itself and they can feel invisible extra expanse into empty space around my work. I describe this as to open up or to create new space. This is what I want to do with my art.

-Love to travel abroad
-Love music....Jazz, Classical, New age, Boss-a-Nova.....


2004-2005 International Business Professions Program, Bellevue Community College, Bellevue, WA
Course work included: Two-Dimensional Design, Hand & Power Tools,
Three-Dimensional Design, Modern Furniture & Design
1993-1995 MA degree in Metal Craft Design, Graduate School of Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
1989-1993 BA degree in Metal Craft Design, Tama Art University, Tokyo, Japan
1988-1989 Major in Art and Design, Osaka Educational University, Osaka, Japan

Honors and Awards
2010 Finalist of Sculpture Section, The 4th International Arte Lagna Art Prize, Venice, Italy
2005 Membership of Phi Theta Kappa
1995 Prize Winning Work, Art of Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan
1993 Prize Winning Work, Shinobazu Object Festival, Tokyo, Japan