Yoko Kubrick is an American sculptor of Japanese and Czech heritage. She grew up in Guam, Hawaii, California and the Czech Republic. This contrast of cultures would later come to 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 revere in the emotional qualities of shapes, which she calls “the emotive language of form.” Plant life, water movement and land formations lend their lines and become part of 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 tell allegories and visual seductions 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 stone carving 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, clay and gesso, which she loves for their timeless and noble qualities. She currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Tuscany, Italy.