KODAMA (return to me)
Melbourne jeweller, Yuko Fujita, has transformed recycled objects of distinctly domestic and ordinary origins into bold pieces of jewellery. Discarded and all but forgotten, the wooden objects used by Fujita were retrieved from thrift shops and friends’ cupboards.
Fujita’s pieces herald a new beginning for these objects, while consciously reflecting on the many lives they may have had since beginning as a tree. Careful not to erase the memory of previous incarnations, Fujita has carved and chiselled each object by hand. In doing so, she uses texture and colour to highlight the adaptability and eternal beauty provided by nature.
Responding to an inaudible echo of the forest (Kodama), Fujita’s pieces recall imaginary plants, creatures or endangered habitats. This uplifting collection of jewellery resonates with ancient themes and traditional materials while producing work that is powerfully contemporary.
The exhibition is being presented as part of the State of Design Festival Look.Stop.Shop program.
Exhibition design: Katherine Bowman
Born in Japan, Yuko Fujita first studied literature and then became interested in the stories and dialogue created with jewellery. In 2005 she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts), Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT.
Yuko’s pieces are realised through a reaction to her materials – sometimes spontaneous, other times they evolve slowly while she allows the materials time to ‘communicate’ with her. At which time she is guided to manifest obscure images into sculptural jewellery. By giving free reign to the interplay between the fundamental qualities of material, texture, shape and colour, Yuko creates pieces that are intrinsically hers. Each piece is a tribute to her very personal and charming way of observing the world.