Translucent Diaphanous Textile Sculptures by Mariko Kusumoto Evoke the Ocean Floor

The Boston-based artist tends to cluster the individual pieces into larger works, creating sprawling reefs and diverse ecosystems brimming with color and texture.

Japanese artist and designer Mariko Kusumoto shapes gossamer coral and sea creatures from soft fibers like polyester, nylon, and cotton. The Boston-based artist tends to cluster the individual pieces into larger works, creating sprawling reefs and diverse ecosystems brimming with color and texture.

She uses a proprietary heat-setting technique to mold the ubiquitous materials into the creatures she finds most fascinating. Kusumoto’s body of work uses the ethereal qualities of the translucent fibers to make even the banalest forms appear like they’re part of a dream.

Kusumoto is currently preparing for a solo exhibition next November at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida.

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