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Tomoko Suzuki, Virtual Art Show, May 14 - June 10, 2020

Tomoko Suzuki

Welcome! Like many other businesses, the pandemic and lockdown led us to utilize our website in a way we had not anticipated -- as a gallery space. The Virtual Art Space started in April 2020, and featured artists and artisans we've had in our brick and mortar stores for years, as well as some new-to-KOBO artists too. This page is an archive of the show as it originally exhibited. Moving forward, art shows will still be featured on online, but as mandates go away and we are all feeling safer, we will be inviting the public to come see the show in-person at one or both of our locations. Thanks for stopping by and please contact us if you have other questions.

Tomoko Suzuki's Tiny Figures, are hand formed stoneware figures and painted with various glazes. The following is meant to be an archive of the show. 

"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."

Read Tomoko's bio, artist statement and interview here. 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)

Please check the Art & Craft department for currently available Tomoko Suzuki pieces.

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