“Ishikawa’s main inspiration in her jewellery-making process stems from her home culture. The “relationship” (En in Japanese) is a recurring theme in her work. The relationship between form and material, between personal thought and the surrounding world, between emotion and the finished piece. Red is also frequently used, as it has various symbolic meanings in Japanese culture, such as the sunset, sacred places, ceremonies, a bond between two people. The materials used also make strong reference to her home country. She avails herself of a range of materials such as Japanese kozo paper and Japanese lacquer combined with silver and pearls, in finished pieces that resemble lace, knots and wire structures. Each piece develops its unique character and language.”
Originally from Japan, Mari Ishikawa currently resides in Munich, Germany.