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Kumiko Fujinama

As I grow older, I feel that my sensitivity to the change in the level, or characteristic of energy is sharpened, and that the reaction to the change becomes more intensified. The reaction is often really powerful and sometimes almost painful. Yet, it is the essence of my practice, and so of my life.

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My collage consists of pure physical reactions to the energy that I have gotten during my morning walk; I exclude any kind of interpretation, or sentiment.  In other word, I just watch my hands while they are doing what they have to, until they stop.

My drawing reflects many components, things I feel during the walk, such as colour, sounds, smell and rhythm of my movements. However, the fresh energy in the morning atmosphere is still my main focus. I include everything, such as my thoughts, feelings as well as physical reactions to the surroundings. So, it is safe to say that my drawings in this series are abstract self-portraits.

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Kumiko Fujinami was born in Osaka, Japan in 1943 and in 2009 completed her diploma from Vancouver Island School of Art. Previous to her visual arts training, Fujinami published two books, a collection of poetry, short stories and wrote essays for local magazines and newspapers in Japan. She taught and was an administrator at Osaka Literature School until 1985. Fujinami has focused on line work in painting and drawing, a natural extension of her background and being. Although the presentation of her work appears automatist, her procedure is very labour intensive often taking up to six weeks to complete one work. Her composition, colour choices, medium and sense of depth are derived from her cultural background and draw on her former practice of hand writing letters and characters. Kostuik Gallery is pleased to have discovered and now exclusively represent both her collage paper works and gel pen drawings, which have been acquired profusely since her debut show in 2009. Anticipation is her response to the tragic tsunami in Japan, and opened June 2011.

Kumiko Fujinami was born in Osaka, Japan in 1943 and in 2009 completed her diploma from Vancouver Island School of Art. Previous to her visual arts training, Fujinami published two books, a collection of poetry, short stories and wrote essays for local magazines and newspapers in Japan. She taught and was an administrator at Osaka Literature School until 1985. Fujinami has focused on line work in painting and drawing, a natural extension of her background and being. Although the presentation of her work appears automatist, her procedure is very labour intensive often taking up to six weeks to complete one work. Her composition, colour choices, medium and sense of depth are derived from her cultural background and draw on her former practice of hand writing letters and characters. Kostuik Gallery is pleased to have discovered and now exclusively represent both her collage paper works and gel pen drawings, which have been acquired profusely since her debut show in 2009. Anticipation is her response to the tragic tsunami in Japan, and opened June 2011.

July 2010 Redefining Drawing,group exhibition curated by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo former Director of Curatorial Affairs at the DeCordova Sculpture Park MA, at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

June 2011, Anticipation, Solo Exhibition, Jennifer Kostuik Gallery, Vancouver BC

December 2011, Kumiko Fujinami’s Anticipation (Green) 2011 gel pen on paper was included in the curated  Mandarin Oriental, Miami Exhibition in association with the 22nd edition of Art Miami Art Fair 2011.


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