About the artist (1944)
Kazuko Okano’s work is interwoven with the natural world. Her inventive organic objects contain fossil like qualities. Concentrating on the essence of form, her work lies between sculpture and painting. A delicacy is displayed that is achieved through carefully layered mixed media. Scraps of paper have been treated with wax, drawing and painting; as a result the contrasting textures seem quite transparent. In this process colour is kept to a minimum to focus attention on elegant and pure structures. Okano sometimes reveals her methods and other times they are covered up, to maintain a sense of wonder.
Okano’s oeuvre contains a clear Zen mentality, as peace and inner harmony form the fundamental basis for her work.