Makiko Ryujin

Makiko Ryujin

Makiko Ryujin is a Japanese-born, Melbourne-based woodturner, designer and photographer practicing experimental techniques.

Ryujin's works explore the uncontrolled transformative nature of fire and are inspired by the ceremonies she took part in during her childhood in Japan. The sacredness and form of the bowls within her culture inform the proportions and design of the objects she turns upon her lathe. Describing the process for creating her Shinki series, Ryujin says, 'The change that is brought to the bowls by fire is in stark contrast to the controlled transformation from wood to bowl on the lathe. Very quickly, the fire takes hold and consumes the fuel that I have offered it. After spending many hours working the wood into the bowl, I then must release control to fire and let go of the shape that I have created, welcoming whatever the burning brings to the vessel.'

Ryujin first exhibited at the gallery in Designwork 03 in 2019. In 2020, she was commissioned alongside collaborator Michael Gittings to create Saṃsāra, 2020, a site-specific lighting installation for the tearoom and mezzanine at the National Gallery of Victoria as part of NGV Triennial.

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Makiko Ryujin Shinki #134 2021 Charred eucalyptus 20 x 34 x 34 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Shinki #133 2021 Charred eucalyptus 20 x 33 x 33 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Shinki #132 2021 Charred eucalyptus 40 x 38 x 38 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Shinki #131 2021 Charred eucalyptus 17 x 29 x 29 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Shinki #130 2021 Charred eucalyptus 19 x 40 x 40 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Shinki #129 2021 Charred eucalyptus 19 x 36 x 36 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Resonance #7 2021 Charred eucalyptus, glass, lighting components 40 x 40 x 14 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Resonance #6 2021 Charred eucalyptus, glass, lighting components 47 x 47 x 17 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Resonance #5 2021 Charred eucalyptus, glass, lighting components 51 x 51 x 17 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Resonance #4 2021 Charred eucalyptus, glass, lighting components 47 x 47 x 17 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Resonance #3 2021 Charred eucalyptus, glass, lighting components 51 x 51 x 16 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Resonance #2 2021 Charred eucalyptus, glass, lighting components 44 x 44 x 16 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Resonance #1 2021 Charred eucalyptus, glass, lighting components 47 x 36 x 19 cm Sold
Makiko Ryujin Impermanence 2019 eucalyptus, steel, michel plating, glass, lighting components 110 x 100 x 12 cm Sold