June 5 - July 11, 2021

brim Animation & Stills:

brim,  2021, Colored pencil animation, NFS

perennial’s garden

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perennial's cradle

Exhibition Date: June 5 - July 11, 2021

Artist Talk: Sunday, Jun 27, 2021 @ 2 pm CST

Exhibition Statement:

perennial's cradle imagines and visualizes the emotional nests we make for ourselves, together with others. I have assembled and reassembled many nests just for myself or have invited those who I trust to nestle and snuggle with me as I fold in time. I have also been confined into nests where I was burdened with fear, overprotection and distrust. These drawings with my plush creatures fumblys cradled into various textural states reflect how we singularly and collectively navigate flux feelings to continually make enduring and regenerative emotional nests to safely nestle our hearts in. As viewers join me in visiting these various sites of indulgence and emergence, I hope you are guided to float through the spectrum of isolation and connection as we mend and tend together.

-Fuko Ito

Curatorial Statement:

Fuko Ito portrays soft beings called, "fumblys,"and how they being affected by the weight of surrounding emotions. The fumblys have a strong affinity towards connection with others and what is around them. Their plush beings appear readily susceptible to forces that either activate or inhibit them. Because they are easily accepting of emotions, it becomes both a strength and a weakness. To feel so strongly allows one to form unbreakable bonds with others that no elements can shatter. Their malleability can wrap around your crying heart and keep it warm. To feel so strongly also allows one to feel the weight of the world. Maybe that is why they appear so embedded into their habitats and forever lost. However, these extremities found in Ito’s work are absolutely eye-catching and enticing. The saturated colors and playful shapes dance around us. The bountiful scenes are both clear and convoluted. Because of this, it is not quite apparent whether the fumblys are enjoying or disliking this high level of coalescence. The final outcome remains ambiguous. A relaxing bubble bath can be seen as a heavy web made out of beads that traps them. An electrifying embrace can generate trust, warmth, and understanding, but it can soon be overbearing and static. Are these droplets representing tears of joy or sadness? All we know is that it is a setting of connection and disconnection. A place of togetherness and loneliness. It is a site of co-existence.

-Narong Tintamusik


Fuko Ito hails from Kobe, Japan where she grew her love for storytelling through reading books and comics. She moved to the US to study printmaking and drawing and currently resides and works in Lexington, KY as an artist and educator. Through drawing and storytelling, Fuko hopes to take her viewers onto a plushy, heartfelt journey to an imagined, soft alternate universe inhabited by a community of naked and radically soft creatures known as fumblys.

Plush is a texture that is both soft yet firm — it is able to absorb trauma and mend itself back into shape. Fuko imagines our hearts and emotional capacities to have the same visceral effect of being bruised and healed like plush. In her drawings, she portrays naked, vulnerable creatures called fumblys in its plushy ecosystem. fumblys fill their infinite ecosystem with plush to save themselves from the collapse, fall, and heartache they experience from living among themselves.

Fuko’s creative practice in storytelling reflects on personal and collective experiences of coping, forgiving, and mending interpersonal fissures. She is driven to make images that imagine a softer and more compassionate world while reflecting on the social implications and struggles of living among a community of emotional beings.

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