Sakurai’s talent was recognized early, which led to invitations to work as an artist-in-residence at several prestigious institutions in both Japan and France. Since the onset of her career, her highly personal technique has focused on perforated porcelain forms, all created with great delicacy and finely-honed skill. Sakurai first builds her forms by connecting her mold-cast porcelain tubes using clay and slip; she then scrapes away the exterior clay revealing her envisioned sculptural contours. The form is then hollowed out, now exposing the distorted openings that accent the walls of her sculptures. These dramatic white porcelain forms engage the viewer by juxtaposing light and shadow, challenging the perception of interior and exterior spaces.
An elegant slip-cast deconstructed porcelain object vase by Yasuko Sakurai. Signed under the base. Unique piece. Circa 2013.