Junko Iijima's beautiful cast iron pieces now on view in the T Project Gallery. Made during her residency at Kohler, they are stunning as a group. During Junko's 1 month residency, working with the metal workers in the factory, she cast over 200 small sculptures that reference nanbu ironware from Iwate in Japan. Though recognizable as a Japanese object, Junko incorporates elements from pop characters such as ears, horns etc., referencing a hybrid of Japan and America, and new and old. Please call for private appointment or stop by during retail hours: Thurs-Sat 11-5 pm.
Junko Iijima came from Japan to the United States as a high school exchange student. Fascinated by the diversity of people and culture, she continued her studies in the United States. After finishing her MAF in Metalsmithing program at University of Oregon, Junko and her husband moved to Portland where they started their family. She has been active in art scene of Portland and show her work in nationally, such as Jeffery Thomas Fine Art, Bryan Ohno Gallery, Center for Contemporary Art, in Seattle, Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco, The society of Arts and Crafts, Boston MA, and The Art Mission, Binghamton, NY. Junko's work is included in private and public collections, including the White House, Washington DC, Kohler Company, Kohler, WI, and John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI.