Noe Kuremoto was born in Osaka, and graduated from the renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art (summa cum laude).
Steeped in her Japanese childhood and customs, she arrived in London at the age of 18, determined to live her own life, making her professional career a priority, regardless of family dictates and the customs of her origins...
Now a happy mother, she feeds on Japanese symbolism and reinvents it in her own way. Noe Kuremoto takes us on a spiritual journey where legends are updated to suit our times. Thus, the Haniwa figurines that are supposed to protect you in the next life, protect you here and now, while the Daruma dolls here take on a more stripped-down and pure appearance than the "originals", while retaining the symbolism of the goal to be achieved: the first eye commits you to defining a goal and sticking to it, while the second will only be painted if it is reached. The Shimekazari traditionally hung in front of the entrance to the house delimit a space of purity where God can "descend", and also symbolize the family's prosperity. Noe Kuremoto takes their symbolism and interprets it in a sculptural dimension of ceramics, as she does with other talismans.
The symbols are assimilated and absorbed by the artist, who constantly re-appropriates them, attaching manifestos that hammer home for us the mantras of her personal journey.
A complete, complex, rigorous and impressive artist!
If you've ever been to Japan, you've probably saw the mysterious Daruma dolls, a traditional Japanese talisman designed to help you achieve a goal in your life. These round papier-mâché dolls are everywhere. Without legs or arms, they also begin life without eyes - the eyes intentionally left unpainted so the owner can begin - and with complete concentration, the "Daruma process".
"At New Year's, each of us in our family receives a Daruma. We express out loud our goals for the coming year.
This makes our goals real and precise.
What we do first is paint the left eye, with our clear goal in mind. Then we work towards that goal every day, with our Daruma in sight, it can act as a visible, daily reminder.
When our goal becomes reality, we paint the other eye.
I love this incredibly simple process and the daily visual reminder that the Daruma represents." Noe Kuremoto