“After experimentation with numerous ceramic materials and techniques in recent years, I feel I have acquired a certain degree of dexterity and confidence with molding and slip casting. It allows me to realize a range of works from simple geometric forms to more complex organic branch structures. I have been particularly interested in curved organic forms. Here, the main theme of my work is to divert a natural element from its normal or intended purpose.
The use of molds and slip casting is an integral part of my creative process. The mold itself becomes as important as the resulting form that is presented to the public. For me the mold is more than a tool; it is the matrix that embodies my creative desires, and as such requires particular care. I cover my branches with plaster so they may begin a slow metamorphosis into their new state, until they emerge from their bark.
I also take into consideration the fact that the organic materials that I have chosen to work with have had a prior history of their own: weathered over time and by the elements. I regard my intervention as a continuation of these processes outside of their natural context. I intentionally erase certain details of the bark and at the same time preserve specific marks left by the mold to clearly denote the unnatural dimension of this new step in the evolution of these forms.”
Murakami studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg, France from 1999-2004, specializing in Ceramics. Awards include the 2007 Gold Prize in the 2nd European Festival of Ceramic Arts, France, the Ceramista Cotanda Prize in the 2007 Alcora International Ceramics Competition, and the Diputació de València Prize in the 8th International Biennial of Ceramics, Manises, Spain. She was the Artist-in-residence at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan in 2005 and is a frequent participant in international symposia. Her work is represented in museums and private collections in Europe, USA, and Japan.