増子 博子| Hiroko Masuko



Drawing pen, Drawing ink on

paper and panel

250.0 x 190.0cm

©Hiroko Masuko

Hiroko Masuko|Stitching Lamination Layer


October 5 (Sat)-November 2 (Sat), 2019

Reception for the Artist :  October 5 (Sat) 6pm - 8pm

Open : Tuesday - Saturday  11am - 7pm

Closed on Sunday, Monday and National holiday

GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku is pleased to represent a solo exhibition entitled Stitching Lamination Layer by Hiroko Masuko. This exhibition composes three series, Bonsai, Kawa no utsuwa, and Fertile plain. 

Masuko made chalcography in the university, but she shifted her tool from needle to pen and started working on a series entitled Bonsai on paper and panel. For the artist, the panels stretched the papers are pots, so she draws the motif of Bonsai as if she brings up her ideal shaped Bonsai. Masuko has worked on this series from the views that human cooperate with nature. 

Getting inspiration from the word Kawa no utsuwa means the container of the side, Masuko started to work on a new series that obligate herself to make one drawing per day from 2013. She keeps doing the routine drawing now with different materials and they are a huge amount of accumulation. It seems to be a direct chain, however, Masuko carefully considered and faced on the works; sometimes she tried to leap the drawing she had produced to new motifs and materials, and sometimes she tried to put her impulse behind. Masuko believes that it is meaning that she attempts not to react to her initial impulse and work on the series with it.

According to the artist, her experiences to grow up and live in many places in the Tohoku area after she was born in Miyagi are her origin. When she moved to Tochigi in 2018, Masuko was shocked by the sight of the green manure farming method was a beautiful filed of canola flower was mixed with the soil by a tractor. In response to the experience, Masuko started a new series, Fertile plain, that she sews thread that colored with canola flower onto Sasho papers that are made of soil like plowing a field. This series shows that they are made of natures. Besides, the embroidery on the motifs Masko drew by tracing the fiber makes perspective to the works. 

Hiroko Masuko was born in 1982, in Miyagi, Japan and graduated from Miyagi University of Education in Art Education in 2008. She received the Tokyo Wonder Wall Prize in 2007, the award for excellence in Toyota Art Competition in 2010 (Toyata Municipal Museum of Art), and was selected to the 10th Gunma Biennale for young artists 2010 and VOCA 2018.

Since 2008, Masuko mainly had exhibited at Gallery Jin projects in Tokyo and had had solo exhibitions at Cyg art gallery (Iwate), maze (London), and ICN Gallery (London).

Artist statement

I believe that production is a tack of the works from the past.

However, such thoughts are always shaken. Even if I face on my artworks with my own personal desires and prospects, the massive other or nature arrow through my point of views, and I could see the new shinning views from the hole they made. I continue working like sewing the views. 

Hiroko Masuko

"Fertile plain no.16"


Acrylic gouache, colored pencils, Embroidery thread dyed with canola flower, Tsharsho paper

53.0 x 78.0cm

©Hiroko Masuko

GALLERY MoMo Ryogoku

1-7-15 Kamezawa Sumida-ku Tokyo 130-0014 Japan


Tel : +81-(0)3-3621-6813  Fax : +81-(0)3-3621-6814

Opening times :Tuesday – Saturday  11am – 7pm

Closed on Sunday, Monday, National hoiyday

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