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Kaori Usuda

Shared Lines: Christchurch / Sendai exhibiting artist




‘mint green (ZA)’ 2010.





“Moratoriamu-ko” 2011

Hello, my name is Kaori Usuda.

I’m a sculptor and carve figurative works out of wood. I was born in Niigata Prefecture. My family moved from place to place during my childhood because of my father’s job. I went to junior and senior high school in Sendai, and then later went to art school in Tokyo to major in sculpture. After graduating university I continued to live and work in Tokyo until 2008.

In 2009, I returned to Sendai and since then have focused on creating art. During this time we had the Great Eastern Japan earthquake.

I felt that there was not much scope for art straight after the earthquake, but as the days have gone on I have come to realize that art plays an important role. It has the power to change a persons’ state of mind. When one has a pleasurable response to something, they feel comforted, and learn more about themselves in the process. I believe this can give them the positivity to move forward.

There is one thing I often think of while woodcarving.

While it is not limited to woodcarving, but can be said for many things, the process of carving can resemble one’s life experience. For example, when I create a large piece of work I need to employ someone’s help.

I ascertain which parts I don’t want to use and cut them away with the chainsaw. These lines become a guide for the work I want to create. If I cut too much away I fix it by finding the right the right sized piece and attaching it. In this way, woodcarving makes me realize things about life.

I think nobody wants to forget the important things in life, and for me, the woodcarving process helps remind me of these things.

So I want to continue carving. If someone sees my work and in that small moment is impacted in some way, I think it’s very cool.











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