Mariko kusumoto’s dream-like textile sculptures echo a luminous coral reef

Image courtesy of mariko kusumoto | @marikokusumoto

In a meticulous display of craft, artist mariko kusumoto details an ethereal and otherworldly series of textile sculptures. made from translucent polyester and nylon fiber, the work recalls a delicately floating bed of underwater flowers or a coral reef. the massachusetts-based artist notes that her work reflects the observable phenomena that stimulates her mind and senses, reorganized into a new presentation that is surreal, graceful, and unexpected.

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Favorite Artist?

We are asked often as artists if we have a favorite artist or has any artist influenced you? My answer is truthful. I don’t have a favorite artist. But there is a time period in art history to which I am connected. And, that has influenced my drawings. Share your favorite artist or historical era.


Has one impressed you? Maybe more than one? Have any influenced you? And, provoked thought about your own work? My friend and I saw an exhibition in Paris on English Painting where all the greats were included. The lightbulb! We finally realized that the greats have faults in their work despite being great painters. Duh!


Obsession – Art Supplies

Art Supplies. What happens when you hear those two words? I’m like a kid at Christmas. My eyes get like saucers looking at the catalog. It’s better than my birthday when the box arrives. What’s new inside? Yeah, new art supplies have arrived. I can talk about art supplies until the cows come home. pencils-colored pencils-graphite in all forms-pastels-erasers-brushes-paper. OMG – paper. I love paper. Share your love.

Cool Project?

Tell me. Have you done any cool projects? I have. Recently, I collaborated with a poet through “Art in Common Places”. We developed a theme through conversation and I created a drawing and she a poem. The result was printed on a broadside and placed in common places, like laundry mats, car washes, libraries, nursing homes, etc. Pretty neat huh? Let’s hear about what you have done. We love a good story.

Takes You to Another Place – BOOKS

Have you ever read a book that paints such a picture that you are actually there with the main character. I just finished such a book in which the narrator recounts his early life in a turbulent pre WWII era and onward. Jimmy Ernst the son of the famous Surrealist, Max Ernst portrays a life filled with artists in Cologne, Paris and New York. All the art greats move in and out of the scenes. Artists’ lives were messy and sometimes messier regarding their wives and children. Join the Journey with me, Kate Hendrickson at artistvenu. Oh, the book if you want to know. A NOT-SO-STILL LIFE.


What is your go to sweet? Mine is CHOCOLATE. Too many choices! Dark, Milk, White. By itself! With nuts, caramel, sea salt, cream-filled centers. Achk..Domestic or European?

Come Join the Journey with me at where we will be talking about lots of stuff, chocolate included.