What’s different? THE BACKGROUND!
Deceptive a game...”
Since the age of 10 I have been deeply attracted to japanese culture.
One of my greatest dreams has become reality in 2002, when I have won the Monbusho japanese state scholarship, so I got the opportunity
to observe the japenese art education for 2 years on Kobe University, and I could study statuary from sculptor Jun Tsukawaki.
I have not separated from my experiences and the artistic inspiration I took in Japan, not even after coming home. In 2009 I published a bilingual picture book introducing the japanese culture for hungarian children through the story of a kokeshi doll.
Encouraged by the success of the book, I have started making kokeshis in 2011, and even after the preparation of more than 5000 different
pieces, I can still feel the inspiration endlessly. Since then, I had many opportunities to meet japanese masters in
person, study their work and learn from them. In the recent years I presented my work on many japanese and hungarian exhibitions and
lectured on traditions and history of kokeshis.
In May 2015, on a kokeshi competition held in Japan for 57 years, I have got the honor to win the award of the governor of Mijagi province, as the first foreigner ever. This I consider as the greatest honor and recognition of my art.
In the autumn of 2016 I was invited to the 18th Sosaku Kokeshi exhibition in Shibukawa, and in the spring of 2017 my Kokeshi rattle was awarded by the Mayor of Ebina at the 59th National Kokeshi Competition.
I think perhaps the highlight of my work is that I could break into the closed cultural circle of Japanese Kokeshi masters, learn from them infinitely much, they let me take a closer look to their professional knowledge and workshop secrets, which according to Jennifer McDowell, an American anthropologist researching Kokeshi, is "a breakthrough of an anthropological wall".
I think of the birth of the kokeshis as a wonderful process; wood gives soul for the kokeshi, while the kokeshi gives a new life for the wood which makes it extend beyond the concept of a simple „wooden doll”. The kokeshi is a game of shapes with its infinite possibilities of variation, from a simple geometric form anything can be personalized with just a few brushstroke.
While making kokeshis, the japenese part of my soul comes alive and I feel blessed for being able to show the magical Japan living inside of me in Hungary as well.
This is the way that led me from japenese folk art to contemporary doll art, from KOKESHI to KAKO.