Wexler Gallery

Mami Kato

  • Samara, 2014
    Fabric, epoxy resin, cashew resin, magnet
    32 x 9.5 x 35 in
  • Samara, 2014
    Fabric, epoxy resin, cashew resin, magnet
    32 x 9.5 x 35 in
  • Big Knot, 2019
    Rice stalks, cotton, linen, insulation foam, epoxy resin, wood
    89 x 32 x 50 in
  • Big Knot, 2019
    Rice stalks, cotton, linen, insulation foam, epoxy resin, wood
    89 x 32 x 50 in
  • Closed Beginning Opens The End
    Egg shells, rice paper, milk paint, pigment, mirror
    24 x 10.5 x 24 in
  • Closed Beginning Opens The End
    Egg shells, rice paper, milk paint, pigment, mirror
    24 x 10.5 x 24 in
  • Umbilical Field, 2011
    Rice stalks, cotton, wood, insulation foam, epoxy resin
    21 x 54 x 51 in
  • Umbilical Field, 2011
    Rice stalks, cotton, wood, insulation foam, epoxy resin
    21 x 54 x 51 in
  • Bear Follicles, 2016
    Cotton, epoxy resin, milk paint, pigment, wood
    34 x 17 x 33 in
  • Bear Follicles, 2016
    Cotton, epoxy resin, milk paint, pigment, wood
    34 x 17 x 33 in
  • Bear Follicles, 2016
    Cotton, epoxy resin, milk paint, pigment, wood
    34 x 17 x 33 in
  • Rice Bowls, 2010
    Rice stalks, jute ropes, cashew resin, epoxy resin
    24 x 14.25 x 19.25 in
  • Rice Bowls, 2010
    Rice stalks, jute ropes, cashew resin, epoxy resin
    24 x 14.25 x 19.25 in

Mami Kato is a Japanese-born artist based in Philadelphia. She graduated from Musashino Art University and Tokyo School of Art in Japan and University of the Arts in the US, where she studied oil painting and sculpture. After working as an artist in Japan for several years, she moved permanently to the US in the 1990’s and has since been actively showing in both the US and abroad. One of her most recent notable shows took place at Shanghai Wutong Art Museum in 2018. Her work is represented in private, corporate, and public collections in the US, Japan, and China.

 

Her work begins with an abstract concept or notion and interacts with the sculptural process to give form to this as visual poetry. The material she chooses is often a tool or metaphor used to support the conceptual goal of a sculpture. Best known for her use of rice straw, Kato uses this material to not only reference her Japanese heritage, but to represent its ability to sustain life and the potential of energy to surge from the earth. Her piece entitled ‘Umbilical Field’ is quite literally an umbilical cord connecting the energy that springs from the earth to humankind. Her intention is to visualize the invisible order / dynamism of nature and the universe through her art-making.