Yoko Kubrick - Sculptures and Public Sculptures
Yoko Kubrick
Yoko Kubrick

Yoko Kubrick

San Francisco, CA

Yoko Kubrick is an American sculptor of Japanese and Czech heritage. She grew up in Guam, Hawaii, California and the Czech Republic. The contrasting cultures would later inform her work as a sculptor and her arouse her interest in the arts.

Yoko’s sculptures explore the aesthetic perceptions of forms found in nature, and explore the emotional qualities of shapes, which she calls “the emotive language of form.” Plant life, water movement and land formations inform her visual vocabulary. She expresses her internal world by breathing life into materials using the poetry of line, light, form and shadow.

The anthropomorphism of her pieces articulate the drama of human existence and our search for meaning in everyday life. Starting with these basic constructs, her works explore allegories informed by classical mythology. An abstraction of a river as a metaphor for its life giving waters takes on the sensual curve of Aphrodites hips. Perceptions of energy and waters gentle undulations are transferred into the stone, the fleeting and ephemeral into an enduring abstract form.

Yoko has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from San Jose State University, and an M.A. in Psychology and Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University. Yoko was trained in a classical atelier setting where she worked as a studio assistant for a San Francisco sculptor. In his studio she learned the traditional methods of fabrication and casting of bronze. She later attended graduate school to study Art Therapy and worked in a psychiatric hospital as an Art Therapist. This experience piqued her interest in the psychological processes of art making and the collective unconscious. She took classes in stone carving and in 2016 moved to Italy to pursue sculpture full time. She studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara while working part time in a private studio. She creates small scale and monumental sculpture in bronze, marble, and other metals and stones, which she loves for their timeless and noble qualities. She currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Tuscany, Italy.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"I try to express emotions through shapes. Many of my woks are inspired by classical mythology. Thinking about Echo for example and how I might express her persona and psychology in a shape."
-- Yoko Kubrick
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"I would love to open the doors for people to sculpture. I love sculpture and grew up around it, it is my highest passion. Sculpture is the only object that exists for the sake of itself, as a form of pure expression."
-- Yoko Kubrick
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"Marble. Marble is a special material which I love because of it's natural beauty and the way light permeates the top layers of the stone giving it a soft glow."
-- Yoko Kubrick
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What motivates and inspires you?

"What would you try if you knew you couldn't fail?"
-- Yoko Kubrick
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What makes a space special?

"I love spaces that are not overly styled and have unexpected or playful elements. I enjoy seeing art as focal points in spaces as I feel it brings personality, energy, and soul and makes the space come alive."
-- Yoko Kubrick
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What’s unique about your work?

"Expressing emotions through shapes, what I call the "emotive language of form," my work is inspired by natural forms, botanical shapes, water movement and land formations."
-- Yoko Kubrick
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