New Artist Picks Sakurai Mariko: Sewing Lives

Sakurai Mariko: Sewing Lives

Exhibition Dates Change as a Temporary Closure (Updated March 27, 2020)
In view of the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) situation, the Yokohama Museum of Art is temporarily closed until further notice.
Exhibition dates of the New Artist Picks “Sakurai Mariko: Sewing Lives” will be postponed until reopen the Museum.
We thank all of our visitors for their understanding and cooperation. 


Sakurai Mariko ”A Day of thread-2” [detail] , 2019 
Petals, leaves, silver thread, human hair, cat hair and sweat shirt used by the artist’s grandmother, 60.0×54.0㎝
collection of the artist

Born in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture in 1987. Lives in Yokohama. Completed a master’s degree in art and design at the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba with a major in wood crafts. Using “sewing” as a means of expression, Sakurai creates works made primarily of natural materials such as wood chips, leaves, and flower petals. Her pieces might be seen as an act of tracing memories of the time that was inscribed in the materials with each handmade stitch, and committing them to a visible form.

Sakurai Mariko "Sewing woods-87" [detail] , 2016
bark and gold thread, 4.5×2.5×0.5㎝
collection of the artist

In this exhibition, we present new works dealing with Sakurai’s personal history in her home area of Sajima (in Yokosuka). We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to see this promising young artist.


1987  Born in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
2010  Graduated from the School of Art and Design of the University of Tsukuba with a Major in Wood          Crafts
2012  Graduated from the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, University of Tsukuba,
         Master’s Degree of Art and Design with a Major in Wood Crafts
Lives and works in Yokohama

Selected solo exhibition 

2008   “Konoha” “T+” Art Gallery, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki
2011   “Sewing Woods –Moineau and Bagworm” Galerie Moineau, Tokyo
          “Sewing Woods” GALERIE PARIS, Kanagawa
2013   “Under 35” Curated by Morita Saiko, BankART Studio NYK, Kanagawa
2014   “Sakurai Mariko” GALLERY RUEVENT, Tokyo “Sakurai Mariko” Gallery Gigi, Kanagawa
          “Missing Island on a Map” SILVER SHELL, Tokyo
2015   “Wood and Embroidery” LIBRE, Tokyo
2016   “Searching Memories” GALERIE PARIS, Kanagawa


Dates.March.14 (Sat.) - April.12 (Sun.),2020 *Dates Cahge
VenueArt Gallery 1
Café Ogurayama
Open Hours11:00-18:00
*Café Ogurayama 10:45-18:00
Organized byYokohama Museum of Art (Yokohama Arts Foundation)
In Cooperation withGALERIE PARIS, Café Ogurayama