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Momoko Okada

I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Hokkaido, Japan. My life on the farm with animals and
surrounded by the untouched nature is all philosophically essential to my creation and ambition.

I began studying metals and glasswork in the U.S. and the U.K. and received B.F.A. from Southern Illinois University. Then I started to realize that the importance of my Japanese heritage and began studying traditional Japanese metals techniques at Kanazawa College of Art. After receiving M.F.A. in Japan, I continued my graduate study on differences of Eastern and Western aesthetics and metalstechniques at Bowling Green State University. 

My work is about coexistence and energy between human, nature and animals. Most of us walk through life half asleep and forget to pay attention to our surroundings not only nature but also relationship with others and environment that we are in. I would like my audience to realize the harmonious energy flow between them and my creation, nature, others, and environment, and rethink what they can contribute. It could be a crescent moon in an evening or someone who smiled at you on the sidewalk or bird singing on a tree, realizing that you have wonderful energy to share with and to be part of the life’s rhythm composition. I do not have the power to stop a war or global warming, but instead of fighting to stop something, I believe that contribution of our individual positive energy can create something powerful in which we never imagined. Sharing our energy to create harmony--that is my idea of symbiotic peace. It is my responsibility as an artist to contribute my creations and energy to transform this precious place, just as nature gives and accepts effortlessly.