Fuku Ito is a contemporary visual artist who was born and raised in Sapporo, Japan, and currently residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to peruse a focus in ceramics and photography at the Institute of American Indian Arts. As a child, she often enjoyed playing with mud in a vacant lot in her neighborhood. Texture of clay drew her attention, and spent hours and hours digging the ground, soaking her hands with clay and water to create figures. It was a natural transition in her life that she chose to be in art field to develop her career as an artist. While in the school, she pursues issues in communication, cultural identity, and relationships through her art practices.
I find joy and excitement through creating visual arts, especially making thought provoking pieces with clay. Its willingness to be transformed, both in form and texture, makes it a perfect medium for exploring visual arts, and expressing creativity of my mind. I heavily rely on visual information and verbal communication. It allows me to express my thoughts and ideas in unique ways within my art practice and have direct communication with my viewers. My work explores the varying relationships between humor, sensitivity, and irony in relation to my own cultural identity and personality. Often reflecting on my own way of perceiving things, my creation takes a critical view of personal, social, and cultural issues.
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