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Keiko Matsui

Keiko Matsui is a Japanese born, Australian based ceramic artist primarily working with porcelain and stoneware.

Matsui’s approach to the creation of both functional and non-functional objects is one of poetry and whimsy, yet always displaying the simplicity for which she is known. Stemming from her Japanese heritage and familiarity with the mending and restoring technique known as Kintsugi, by cutting and rejoining the clay, section by section, she alters and reforms the work utilising the traditional powdered gold and silver. Along with creating objects of simple beauty, making and reinterpreting objects is her focus. She investigates form and proportion, the profile or outline of a vessel and the interconnectedness between the interior and exterior.

Matsui moved to Australia in 1999 and completed a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) degree in 2006 at the National Art School. After exhibiting in numerous group shows, Matsui held her first solo exhibition, ‘Contained’, at STURT Gallery, NSW in 2012. This exhibition, ‘Concave’, at MAY SPACE is her sixth solo show. Earlier in the year her work featured as part of the Australian Ceramics Triennale in Hobart and has been included in several international exhibitions, more recently ‘1000 Vases’ in Dubai, UAE and ‘A Resolute Witness’ in Bangalore, India. Matsui’s work has won many accolades including winning the Gosford Art Prize, Ceramics, in 2018, 2014 and 2012. She was a finalist in the Biennial North Queensland Ceramic Awards multiple times with a work also acquired by the Townsville Regional Gallery, QLD in 2018.