Rieko Otake’s woodcarvings express such motifs as young girls, birds and deer and even while her work looks somewhat delicate and unstable at times, one senses a unique strength in its universal presence replete with grace. Otake consistently uses the wood of camphor, cypress, and katsura trees, working within a method of adding finishing touches to a foundation of non-colored wood. Approaching closer the works, one becomes aware of an unexpected vigor to the chisel marks. She is affected by the importance of the rhythm of the repeated carving motions: a sincere process of exchange as if the tree and one’s breathing might become joined together, so that the artwork appears as story replete with lyricism.
Rieko Otake was born in 1978 in Kanagawa Prefecture. In 2004 she graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts’ Graduate School of Fine Arts, majoring in sculpture, and completed her PhD in 2007. Her works have been collected in the Takahashi and JAPIGOZZI Collections. As well as exhibiting in the show “As Long As Rainbow Lasts” (Soka Art Center, Taipei, 2011), she has also held four solo exhibitions at Tomio Koyama Gallery.
"Way in, or Out" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"Perhaps, Mimi" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"Dreamlike" Tomio Koyama Gallery Kyoto
"Tori-Tori" Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
'The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama “Life is hard... Let's go shopping.” ' Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo
"Sculpture-anachronism and flash" Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
"New Work From an Old Studio #10" Denchu Hirakushi house and atelier / Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo
"Ginza Mitsukoshi × Tomio Koyama Gallery Art Selection" Ginza Mitsukoshi 8th Floor Gallery, Tokyo
"Rieko Otake, Hideaki Kawashima, Naoki Koide" 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo
"As Long As Rainbow Lasts" Soka Art Center, Taipei
"SCULPTURE -BLUES & LOW BLOW" Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
"Sculpture from Stories" Chinretsukan Gallery, The University Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
“The 9th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art” Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
"New Work From an Old Studio" Denchu Hirakushi house and atelier,Tokyo