Kyoko Okubo is a Tokyo-based artist and creator of interesting miniature sculptures from traditional Japanese paper "washi". In making his dolls, the sculptor pays great attention to detail, which bears a resemblance to traditional master craftsmen. Small, detailed and realistic figures defy the imagination.
All of Kyoko Okubo's sculptural works are unique in that they are made from washi paper. Traditionally, this type of paper is used for writing and painting, printing books and postcards, and also used in arts and crafts to make lanterns, fans, umbrellas, dolls and toys. The paper is tough and durable. This is the material that the Japanese artist chose for herself to create doll sculptures.
Among the miniature sculptures of Kyoko Okubo, there are many small figurines depicting women, which do not exceed 12 inches in height. The Japanese master has recreated a series of works of girls holding cubs of seals, rabbits and other small animals. Sometimes, a girl is dressed only in underwear, sometimes with her clothes she also covers the animal that she carries in her arms, hugging and protecting from the whole world. The close bond between animal and human is very interesting and curious. Okubo explains that with his works he tries to show a very close and friendly relationship between the human world and our smaller brothers.
As a child, Kyoko Okubo experimented with "washi" paper, but she was not professionally taught to create dolls, she is a self-taught artist. Now in her early thirties, she lives and works in Tokyo. Kyoko Okubo started making her miniature sculptures 10 years ago. She says that she only creates figurines of girls and animals, because these figurines are symbolic self-portraits that express her deep feelings for nature.
Her paper sculptures, as an illustration for a book of fairy tales, they tell us stories that take place in another world.
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