Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ai Kijima Store on Etsy

I have been doing textile research and established a studio in Istanbul over the past two years. I have been collecting textiles from Turkey and Central Asia for my artwork, which has resulted in a new series of work. I am happy to say some of this work will be shown in three museum shows in the USA during 2016-2019.

I also have returned to making textile jewelry from some of the amazing textiles I have collected. Perviously I had a line of textile jewelry that was sold at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Store made from vintage Japanese Kimono. Now I have collected traditional Turkish Kutunu stripes and Uzbek ikat and began a new series of wearable art. Every piece is hand made by me and is a one of a kind. I have recently opened an online store on Etsy which I invite you to visit should you like to see some of my most recent creations in textile jewelry. 


I have two artworks in this group exhibition at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

SEPTEMBER 11, 2016–JANUARY 15, 2017

This dazzling exhibition features commissions by three dozen acclaimed international artists.  It showcases these skilled artists’ ingenious use—and often-expansive definitions—of fiber, while exploring the collector/artist relationship. The commissioned works come from The Cotsen Collection.

The 36 artists whose work appears in this exhibition are Masae Bamba, James Bassler, Mary Bero, Zane Berzina, N. Dash, Virginia Davis, Carson Fox, Shigeki Fukumoto, John Garrett, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Helena Hernmarck, Agneta Hobin, Pat Hodson, Kiyomi Iwata, Gere Kavanaugh, Ai Kijima, Hideaki Kizaki, Lewis Knauss, Nancy Koenigsberg, Gerhardt Knodel, Naomi Kobayashi, Gy├Ângy Laky, Paola Moreno, Jun Mitsuhashi, Kyoko Nitta, Hisako Sekijima, Barbara Murak, Cynthia Schira, Heidrun Schimmel, Carol Shinn, Sherri Smith, Hadi Tabatabai, Koji Takaki, Aune Taamal, Richard Tuttle, and Peter Weber.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Art Stage Singapore @ Galerie Ernst Hilger

Ai Kijima, New Love Plan #5, 2013
Textiles, 122 x 150 cm

We are once again participating at the Art Stage Singapore, with a solo presentation by the Japanese-American artist Ai Kijima. We are proud to exhibit her new series Love Plan. Come and visit us!
Jan 16 - 19, 2014

Galerie Ernst Hilger
Dorotheergasse 5
1010 Wien
T: (+43) 1 512 53 15
F: (+43) 1 513 91 26

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NEW LOVE PLAN at Micheko Galerie in Munich, Germany

I am happy to announce that I will be having a solo exhibition at Micheko Galerie in Munich, it opens this Thursday. It titled "NEW LOVE PLAN" and is all new work from an intense 6 months working in Rotterdam and Istanbul. 
November 21, 2013 - February 1, 2014.

Please join us for the opening on Thursday, 21st November 2013 from 7pm till 9pm.

The artist's works are "chaotic collages: amalgamations of found material painstakingly stitched into evocative cross-cultural patchworks." Exclusively for her first solo exhibition in Germany, Ai Kijima has dedicated her new series of works to Japanese manga and anime motifs and processed these to global messengers of popular culture.

about the artist

Born in Tokyo and now a New York resident, Ai Kijima graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. She collects fabrics with motifs of popular cartoon, comic, TV-series and movie characters, then fuses them into colorful cartoonscapes that are too sexy and subtly violent to be within our individual emotional comfort zones. Kijima claims to express a universal viewpoint with her quilted textile collages. She does not explicitly show her Japaneseness and would rather remain anonymous.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer in Rotterdam, Netherlands

I am staying in Rotterdam, working on my new pieces until the end of August. Here are the images of my fantastic studio!