AIKO MORIOKA is a figurative sculptor in Marin County, California. Her styles range from classical to abstract. Her modes of expression are bas-relief and in the round. Her mediums are clay, marble, plaster, bronze and ceramic. Frequently heard from viewers and collectors alike…"Her work touches my heart." Inspired by the subtle nuances of the human form, Aiko has used her studies of classical sculpture to inform her fluid expressions. Though her more abstracted and stylized work may have no visible link to the classical, the form is still there. Being of Asian heritage, and also being the insightful person she is, Aiko has an intrinsic nature about her that allows an internal spiritual quality to emerge in her work. When her sculptures are carefully listened to, as if the eyes have ears…we can resonate with her sensitivity to grace and balance.
"A secret door to hidden potential opened the first time that I touched clay. I work intuitively and rarely have a plan, but rather let my hands release the image concealed in the clay.
I am intrigued by the surprise of evolving shapes and how a simple shadow becomes a story. The human form and themes, based in ancient wisdom, are a recurring presence in my sculptures. I love the grace of all things in nature, and the human form, above all, remains the most versatile and tangible expression of emotion. It can tell a story, capture a moment in history, or simply delight with its grace of form.
K eeping the intuitive mind open, I feel the clay is symbolic of the self, malleable, constantly changing, locked within… a potential awaiting manifestation. It is the unfoldment of a metamorphosis, like the caterpillar becoming the butterfly.
Open to interpretation, my sculptures tell a story whether it be narrative or the portrayal of an emotion, which provides a window into the soul. I cast in bronze and sculpt in stone, but clay remains my touchstone in the world of light and shadow. It is where all things begin."