In lieu of a closing reception, we would like to share an interview with Tomoko. Also, KOBO would like give a warm Thank You to Tomoko, for her wonderful art, and to you, the viewer, for coming to see her show. (link)
Tomoko holding a Tiny Figure"Bosatsu ​is a Japanese word for “Bodhisattva” originated as a Sanskrit word for a “being who aspires to Buddhahood.” Bosatsu carry out altruistic practices to achieve enlightenment and are compassionate beings who postpone their own entry into Nirvana in order to lead others toward enlightenment. The plump figures, which I call “Chubbies”, are the predominant icons in my art and my visual interpretation of the Bodhisattvas. These Bodhisattvas are struggling and suffering in order to advance to enlightenment while helping others to do the same, in the muddy pond of earthly desires. I have established a solid identity as a Buddhist, and recognize this as a core heritage of my life. This permeates deep within me; deeper than my nationality, ethnicity, or gender. Through my artistic endeavor, I wish to manifest the true nature of my life: Buddhahood. Ultimately, the purpose of my art is to deliver a positive message that each ordinary being possesses the power to transform one's life and environment for the better, regardless of external circumstances."

KOBO is happy to present Tomoko Suzuki’s Figures in our Virtual Art Space. The pieces here are available for purchase, as well as her prints in Art & Craft. Thank you for joining us.

Read Tomoko's bio and artist statement here.