Keiko Nelson was born in Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan. She was greatly influenced by her mother who is a flower arrangement and tea ceremony master. Perhaps more than most Japanese girls, she claims, "I wore lovely kimonos, full of history and color throughout my childhood."
Keiko holds a deep interest in nature and the texture of her materials. Her works also reveal influences from her travels around the world. She has spent time in Germany where she was also influenced by Bauhaus philosophy. This, she claims, has been a contributing factor in her feelings of dislike for genre segregation and prejudice in the use of materials. Since Germany, she has taken a further interest in architectural space and design.
Keiko Nelson puts an emphasis on traditional Japanese culture and art which was naturally incorporated into her life since early childhood. This influence is sought within her art as not obvious but mysterious in the most pleasant way. Though modern cosmopolitan ideas from her travels and different parts of the world are also blended into her work, that touch of the Orient refuses to disappear.
- Art Magazine Nikkei design -
Keiko Nelson, her chosen media are as diverse as the faces of nature. Her dynamic interpretations charge materials such as hand made paper, bronze, clay glass, stone and wood with unparalleled vitality. From sculpture to installation art, etching to textiles, Keiko Nelson's work grows more powerful with each project. Drawing from diverse culture traditions, Keiko Nelson's touches our deepest memories of emotions and experiences. Her work also embodies a world of her own, which is a unique fusion of the East and the West, the retrospective and the progressive and delicate and the dynamic.
- Yoshikko Kakudo
Curator of Japanese Art Emeritus, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco -
Her forms are abstract but also close to nature's organic formations. In these works Keiko Nelson continues her involvement with the subtle flow of natural force. She paints floating clouds and sensual waves - exploring the energy and spirit of nature and inviting the viewer to meditate on these objects. Like previous Japanese artists, Keiko Nelson knows that the art object needs to be enveloped in silence and mystery, and observed in veneration.
- Peter Selz
founding Director Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California -
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