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Junko Mori is a Japanese artist and metalworker born in Yokohama, Japan. She is best known for her hand-forged metal sculptures that are both organic and minimalist.
She graduated from Musashino Art University in Tokyo in 1997 with her first BA in three-dimensional design. Mori then worked as a welder in a factory for one year. From 1998 to 2000, she studied silversmithing and metalwork at Camberwell College of Arts in London. She then spent two years as artist-in-residence at Liverpool Hope University.
Junko Mori’s work consists of multiples of individually forged steel or other metals, and the subtle difference of each piece results from hand hammering. No piece is individually planned but becomes fully formed within the making and thinking process. Repeating little accidents, like the mutation of cells, the final accumulation of units emerges within the process of evolution. The uncontrollable beauty is the core of her concept.
This piece is Junko’s latest commission for the Silver Trust, to celebrate its 30th anniversary