Tomoko Yamada is fibre media artist and desiner based in Broome,Western Australia. Her works have been shown in solo and collective exhibitions. She worked in photographic studio and graphic design production as management and creative director in Japan. At the same time, she was creating her own conceptual artworks outside of the commercial viewpoint. In 2008 she moved to Australia and her focus shifted to installation art, specialising in fibre work. She communicates conceptual development into tangible sculptural and installation creations with performance facets. She draws inspiration from diverse areas including culture, history, language, journeys, streetscenes and noise; along with experimental art and music. Often her organic creations remain ‘works in progress’ as she continues to play with the possibilities of her abstract musings; perhaps varying installation formats at a later showing. She is also inclined to unite two or more of her works to enhance the conceptual value of her installations.
She is currently working for her new project “Common language of thread: Flow Movement” – a performative and experimental exploration into the conceptual value of her art. The process will focus on linear thread mapping and diagraming to create installation art emphasising the constantly transforming links between art and the environment. Daily life, influenced by both the past and the future, with all its sights, sounds, smells, colours, shapes, textures, patterns, landscapes, air and people is the lifeblood of Tomoko’s art and this project Common language of thread: “Flow Movement…”
Tomoko learnt the almost lost, traditional practice of fishermen’s netmaking from an elderly Japanese man who worked as a deep-sea pearl diver when he was a young man. This has led Tomoko in a new direction for potential in artisitic representations. It is a dynamic activity she can apply to communicate the past, present and future through the common language of thread. Thread is the key; symbolising the repetitive mapping process of human life, weaving lifelines, connecting points of existence, simple elements in a complex web. Tomoko gains personally from the messages she receives during her daily practice of working threads to bring into being an interweaving dialogue of an explanation of her inner life.
For Tomoko, art is a never-ending conceptual practice – the flow of her inner life is at work and play as her art appears on the visual surface of the world – for her, art is a sequence of movements not a commercial product. Art allows Tomoko to share her thoughts, feelings, memories and knowledge. She sets up installations so viewers may, in their own way, become part of the structure in their contemplation of the ‘common language’, ‘the flow movement…’
ABC Kimberley Radio by Hinako Shiraishi - Bringing the patterns of Japanese Kimonos to Broome, 12 Feb 2021