Please join us for a First Friday Art Walk event at The Crown
November 1st, 2019 | 5pm – 7:30 pm
Her affinity for all of the arts has led her to explore many different fields, from millinery and fashion, to painting and ceramics, to photography and art installations. Born and raised in Japan, Momoca began sewing at the age of six, when she started designing dresses and accessories for her dolls; in high school she specialized in fashion design. Wanting to see other parts of the world, she left Japan and moved to California to study fine art.
Momoca later opened a shop in Berkeley, CA, selling hats, clothing, and artworks of her own design. The store was open for ten years, during which she collaborated with multiple brands, including the Adidas Concept Store, Vidal Sassoon, and Redbull. In 2006 she was recognized as the “Best San Francisco Designer.”
These days, Momoca’s signature material is transparent paper, which she uses to create both 2-D art and 3-D objects. Her background in pattern making of hats and clothing, as well as the Origami all Japanese children learn, inspire her to create imaginative paper plant installations and decorations that are often vegetables, fruits, and flowers. She works with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and Stanlee Gatti events, to name a few.
She works with transparent paper for its delicate, uncertain, yet flexible quality, a similarity she experiences in her travels – seeing through what is in front of her, guessing at what is underneath, and imaging what is real and what is illusion. Her artwork is a way for her to digest and reflect on her memories of traveling, which overlap and fade over time, becoming patterns of memory.
Paper may be the most basic of materials, but it has many different attributes and dramatically changes depending on the substance with which it interacts. Despite its apparent restrictions and simplicity, paper is incredibly versatile and Momoca explores all of its various properties.
Momoca’s art is most inspired by her travel experiences and the people she meets along the way.
The Crown Gallery
The Crown seeks to give exposure to local and international artists through The Crown Gallery, and hosts new artists each quarter. The Crown Gallery is currently accepting submissions for the first quarter of 2020, and is seeking artists who approach issues related to environmental sustainability, intersectionality, the City of Oakland, and of course, coffee.
We cannot wait to host you at The Crown!
One of the special things about The Crown is that we are located in the heart of Uptown Oakland – a veritable paradise for coffee lovers & foodies alike. However, parking is limited in the area, and we highly encourage public transportation or ride sharing. For more information on visiting The Crown, please click here.