Another artist taking part in the Gladstone’s Nuit Blanche celebration is Chiho Tokita:
I find it intriguing that even when it is no longer technically necessary to make anything ‘by hand’, it seems there are always those of us who are compelled by the material and find our creative impulse inspired by functional objects. Crafted objects, like all art, are about the particular maker’s creative impulse. By making objects with intention and through our own idiosyncratic way of handling the material, it is about instilling physical objects with meaning. I think we help keep the world of physical objects from becoming too impersonal.
My studio practice is about exploring the formal and material possibilities of functional objects. I am interested in playing with their form. Sometimes my work is functional and sometimes it has become unmoored from function. I like to play in that space between functional and sculptural, to see the sculptural possibilities in ordinary objects. Exploring the materiality of clay, its textures and expressive characteristics, is another important aspect. I have not tired from exploring the material yet and continuing to take note of what it can do, its unique idiosyncratic way of being.
Chiho Tokita was born in Tokyo, grew up in New York City, and has made Toronto her home since 2000. Her introduction to ceramics was at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, where for many years she made good use of their generous open studio hours.