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中田真裕 Mayu
Nakata
Mayu
Nakata

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Mayu
Nakata
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  • 1982 Born in Hokkaido, Japan
  • 2005 Hokkaido University
  • 2017 Kagawa Urushi Lacquerware Institute
  • 2021 Kanazawa Utatsuyama Craft Workshop
  • Lives and works in Kanazawa
  • 01 Exhibitions More
  • 02 Awards More
  • 03 Public Collections More

About
the Artist
About
the Artist

The allure of lacquer is quintessentially an Asian one, the material prevalent and used since prehistory in nearly each and every nation from China, Southeast Asia, and of course, Japan. In particular, Japan’s intimate relationship with lacquer dates from the Jomon Period (BCE 3200), as evidenced by the lacquered earthenware and ornaments unearthed and discovered in the Kakinoshima Excavation sites of Hokkaido. In this light, Mayu Nakata (b.
1982 –) has sprung forth as a talented presence in the world of traditional Japanese lacquer through her imaginative innovations in reviving the ancient lacquering technique of ‘kinma’, and imbuing it with a contemporary beauty at once both bold and electric. Essentially, ‘kinma’ entails a painstaking process of carving patterns within a body surface and, inlaying different colours within the incisions, thereby covering the entirety of the work with patterns imbedded within lacquer itself. Throughout Japan, it is only in Takamatsu where this technique continues to be deeply cherished as a style of lacquer indigenous to the Prefecture of Kagawa, where Nakata herself was trained.
Yet not only is Nakata’s technique impressive, it is her slick ability to create minimal and simple forms that accentuate and heighten the beauty of her lacquered patterns that reveal her great potential as an artist. Having been selected as a finalist for the Loewe Foundation’s Craft Prize in 2019, and with three public collections already to her name, Nakata’s recognition in the world of lacquer is quickly rising.