Margaret Yuko Kimura
"I focus on working intuitively in the present; learning from the piece through the simple act of making. My recent work incorporates multiple processes, including etching, aquatint and dyeing with indigo on pleated or twisted paper. Most of the work utilizes old worm eaten book pages from Japan and handmade papers that are made from Kozo, Gampi and Abaca Fibers. Transparency, form, and texture all take priority as I construct my two and three dimensional patchwork experiments."
Yuko Kimura was born in 1968 in Oakland, California and was raised in Tokyo. She received her MFA from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in 1997 and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994. She has received several awards including the First Agnes Gund Traveling Award from the Cleveland Institute of Art and the Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellowship from the University of Michigan. In 2004 she was selected for the Nesnadny and Schwartz Visiting Critics Program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she is represented by the Verne Collection of Japanese Art in Cleveland and Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York City. Yuko's work is in the collection at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Museum of Art and Neuberger Berman Art Collection. She has been making prints at Zygote Press as a resident artist for more than ten years. She is currently the Gallery Manager at Verne Collection of Japanese Art, where she has worked since 2003.