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 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, what 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. She was trained in a sculpture atelier setting in traditional bronze casting and fabrication, and later in marble carving. She studied briefly at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara (in Carrara, Italy) before dropping out to work alongside professional sculptors in a marble atelier. She currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Tuscany, Italy.