Tamai, Cyoko (1987 - Present)

Cyoko Tamai (b.1987) combines unique techniques, a musical sensibility, and traditional Japanese materials to create her ethereal paperworks. Using a fine-pointed steel pen, Tamai deconstructs and rebuilds: she tears, scratches, and rips incredibly strong Japanese washi paper. Breaks and incisions leap beyond the paper’s surface, while choice individual fibers defy gravity, coaxed from the paper to form an ephemeral gauze.  In her words, “the major theme of my work is to capture life that is unexplained and invisible. Gravity is a basic element in the world, yet it still remains mysterious. I believe that this mystery in the everyday hints that there is life in things unseen, even if it is invisible yet.” 

Born in Kochi Prefecture, Cyoko Tamai graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a BFA in Music and an MFA in Japanese Painting. Her work has been featured in over a dozen solo and group exhibitions in Japan. In 2014, she was named the Japan Society Artist-in-Residence and since then has been featured in multiple one-woman shows at Ronin Gallery. She is the recipient of several grants from the Sato International Cultural Foundation and the recipient of the Ataka Award. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Muscarelle Museum of Art and the Morikami Museum.

Contemporary Japanese and East Asian Art

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Thinking Process

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Thinking Process

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Sonner V

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Sonner V

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Sonner III

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Sonner III

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Sonner IV

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Sonner IV

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Phonon III

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Phonon III

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ALL Tone Cluster

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ALL Tone Cluster

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Resonance

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Resonance

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The Fall II

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The Fall II

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Alteration Square IV

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Alteration Square IV

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Alteration Square II

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Alteration Square II

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The Firebird

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The Firebird

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Alteration Square I

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Alteration Square I

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NY Portrait III

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NY Portrait III

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Alteration Square V

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Alteration Square V

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Alteration Square III

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Alteration Square III

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The Geometrical Parts I

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The Geometrical Parts I

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Soft Diagram III

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Soft Diagram III

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Soft Diagram II

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Soft Diagram II

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Soft Diagram I

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Soft Diagram I

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The Dismantlement of Geometry I

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The Dismantlement of Geometry I

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The Dismantlement of Geometry II

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The Dismantlement of Geometry II

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The Floating Metropolis

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The Floating Metropolis

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Vital Segment 8

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Vital Segment 8

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Sediment 1

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Sediment 1

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