Yoko Sekino-Bove has made a hobby out of translating one culture’s language into another, using her limited vocabulary unite them. This hobby inspired her ceramic practice and her mission to instill hope into the viewer in subtle and personal ways. Each of Sekino-Bove’s series’ comes with a specific statement explaining the cultural references and marriages to lead the viewer on a journey through the work.
Sekino-Bove explains one of the ideas behind her Genuine Fake China series, “…No matter where ideas originated, things that appeal to us will become universal eventually, if they have a good use.”
Sekino-Bove received a BFA from Musashino Art University in Tokyo, Japan in graphic design and then moved to the US to work as a commercial designer. In 2004, she received her MFA in ceramics from University of Oklahoma. Sekino-Bove has done many artist residencies including the highly competitive Arts/Industry Residency at John Michael Kohler Art Center in Kohler, WI. She currently lives in Washington, Pennsylvania, where she works in her home studio and teaches at local universities and art centers.