Don’t feed them

Akiko Kurihara,

18 June - 13 July, 2019

Akiko Kurihara (b.1975) was born and raised in Japan. She completed comprehensive studies in trade jewellery the Yamanashi Institute of Gemology and Jewelry Art in Kofu, before studying contemporary jewellery at the prestigious Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry in Tokyo (1998-1999), where she went on to teach until 2004. Following a semester as a guest at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, with Professor Otto Künzli, she went on to complete her 6 year Diploma there (2004 to 2010) before relocating to Milan in 2011, where she continues to live and work.

Akiko Kurihara makes limited and ongoing editions, each piece impeccably crafted, minimal but profoundly accomplished. Some pieces (those Akiko advises we don’t feed) have sprung into the world with their personalities fully formed, playfully inviting us to connect with and wear them. Others encapsulate a simple idea or observation; a meeting of two often logical but unremarked on connections. A pile of oxidised silver chain resembles cigarette smoke. A silver alloy can be visually and literally broken down to its relative components. A ring might be autonomous enough to envy you wearing it. A nail might grow roots if left long enough in a wall. An earring hook is a question mark. Earth and moon are only a chain’s length apart. Yet others seek ingeniously to trick us, balancing upside down or changing as we interact with them.

Akiko Kurihara’s work is firmly rooted in the traditions of classical jewellery but draws its ideas from everywhere. It is full of wit and curiosity, communicated with the clarity and flair of a master technician.

Akiko Kuriahara has exhibited extensively worldwide, winning the Stipendien des Bayer Staatsministeriums für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst für Ausländische Studierende, Germany in 2007 and the 27th International silver art competition -Illusion-, the 2nd prize and the Joachim Sokólski Award, Poland in 2018. Her work is found in public and private collections including the Alice and Louis Koch Ring Collection in Switzerland and The Gallery of Art in Legnica, Poland.

Akiko Kurihara 'Don't Feed Them' catalogue

Earthworms (I was once a nail), ongoing edition, electroplated copper nail, fine silver

Work from Don’t feed them

Don't hit me, wear me by Don’t feed them Don't hit me, wear me, ongoing edition, oxidised silver, 18k gold
101 eyeballs by Don’t feed them 101 eyeballs, ongoing edition, Akoya pearls, glass eyes, silk thread
A pearl in a tube by Don’t feed them A pearl in a tube, ongoing edition, Akoya pearl, 18k gold
A ring wants to wear a ring, too by Don’t feed them A ring wants to wear a ring, too, ongoing edition, 18k gold, ruby
A teaspoon of pearls by Don’t feed them A teaspoon of pearls, ed. 2/10, freshwater pearls, silver
Alchemist's stick by Don’t feed them Alchemist's stick, ed. 4/10, electroplated oxidised silver, 18k gold
All that glitters is not gold by Don’t feed them All that glitters is not gold, ed. 2/5, 24k gold, gold plated aluminium toy chain
All that glitters is not pearl, either by Don’t feed them All that glitters is not pearl, either, ed. 2/5, AAA grade Akoya pearl, imitation pearls, silk thread
Earthworms (we were once nails) by Don’t feed them Earthworms (we were once nails), ongoing edition, electroplated copper nails, fine silver, oxidised silver
Constallations by Don’t feed them Constallations, ongoing edition, oxidised silver, glass, 18k gold
Eyeballs earrings by Don’t feed them Eyeballs earrings, ongoing edition, Akoya pearl, glass eyes, 18k gold
Faces by Don’t feed them Faces, ongoing edition, engraved freshwater pearls, paint, silk thread
Golden question (earrings) by Don’t feed them Golden question (earrings), ongoing edition, 18k gold
Earthworm (I was once a nail) by Don’t feed them Earthworm (I was once a nail), ongoing edition, electroplated copper nail, fine silver
Inner animals by Don’t feed them Inner animals, ongoing edition, gold plated and oxidised silver
Mosquito by Don’t feed them Mosquito, ongoing edition, silver, gold plate
Smile and tears by Don’t feed them Smile and tears, ongoing edition, 18k gold, oxidised silver
Smile and tears by Don’t feed them Smile and tears, ongoing edition, 18k gold, oxidised silver, silk thread
H2O (something important) by Don’t feed them H2O (something important), ongoing edition, silver, 18k gold
Self righting rings 01 by Don’t feed them Self righting rings 01, ongoing edition, sterling silver, tungsten
Orbit rings by Don’t feed them Orbit rings, ongoing edition, 20k gold, silver
Pearl earring pendant by Don’t feed them Pearl earring pendant, ongoing edition, Akoya pearl, 18k gold
Percentage 18k gold by Don’t feed them Percentage 18k gold, , pure gold, pure silver, pure copper, 18k gold chain
Percentage sterling silver by Don’t feed them Percentage sterling silver, , pure silver, pure copper, sterling silver chain
Mouse by Don’t feed them Mouse, ongoing edition, oxidised silver, copper (electroplated)
Mouse by Don’t feed them Mouse, ongoing edition, oxidised silver, copper (electroplated)
Nail by Don’t feed them Nail, ongoing edition, oxidised silver
Night sky earrings by Don’t feed them Night sky earrings, ongoing edition, oxidised silver, glass, 18k gold
Night sky rings by Don’t feed them Night sky rings, ongoing edition, oxidised silver, glass
o.T. by Don’t feed them o.T., ongoing edition, oxidised silver, 18k gold
Trick ball ring by Don’t feed them Trick ball ring, ongoing edition, acrylic
Triangle by Don’t feed them Triangle, ongoing edition, silver, 18k gold
Upside down earrings by Don’t feed them Upside down earrings, ongoing edition, silver, tungsten, 18k gold
The earth and the moon by Don’t feed them The earth and the moon, ongoing edition, silver, oxidised silver, 18k gold
Man by Don’t feed them Man, ongoing edition, electroplated oxidised silver, 18k gold
Milk cow by Don’t feed them Milk cow, ongoing edition, oxidised silver, glass, silk thread
Chain smoker's chain by Don’t feed them Chain smoker's chain, ongoing edition, silver, gold plate, oxidised silver
Cigarette by Don’t feed them Cigarette, ongoing edition, silver, gold plate, oxidised silver
Miniature lightbulb by Don’t feed them Miniature lightbulb, ongoing edition, Akoya pearl, gold plated silver, silver, silk thread

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