Born in Japan in 1959, Yoshimi Futamura learns ceramics in the tradition of her masters. She comes to France in 1986 and studies at L’Ecole Duperre. She decides then and there that she will be an artist, using clay as a medium.
Nature is at the heart of her inspiration. It is the material itself which underlines nature: cracked structures that resemble bark, breathing clay that almost seems alive, where primeval forces seem to be at work.
At her first successful show in Puls Gallery in 2006 YF showed her wonderful double walled Vasques.
In 2010 Yoshimi Futamura is showing her latest work; Circles. The shape has changed and even the structure of the clay, but yet she stays very recognizable.
Her Circles are crude, dark and light in the same time. These creations are both metaphysical and highly technical. Some of the circles are large, powerful and open, others are fragile and some others are smaller and dense. All are imaginative and dared.
YF tries to express the link between earth and the memories of origins. Memory is what you make live again, is reborn, and the eternal come-back of what tends to disappear. In that sense, it is also relevant that the Circles look like old tires. The exercise is difficult and YF achieves to give a great aesthetic presence to the damaged and crude clay, made luminous by the porcelain slip.