Michiko Iwata

Black and white line drawn illustration of Michiko Iwata at a desk in her studio

Finding refuge in our daily refuse

Tucked away in her home studio in Fukuoka, artist Michiko Iwata finds a home for the remainders of our daily life in her assemblage artworks. She draws on the tradition of ready-made collage from artists like Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso to reimagine found materials into meticulously layered and crafted installations and miniature houses. Combining discarded kiribako boxes, printed materials and used stationary found in flea markets and on the streets, Iwata’s artwork questions the value we assume of things that age and wear, giving them new life while giving her audience a fresh perspective about the things we throw away.
Collage House with Magnetic Object - #1 (2021)
Collage House with Magnetic Object - #1 (2021)

Collage House with Magnetic Object - #1 (2021)

Michiko Iwata

I am Collage House with Magnetic Object - #1. I can't think of anything sweeter than when things that were thought discarded make it back home sweet home.  

$450
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Collage House with Magnetic Object - #4 (2021)
Collage House with Magnetic Object - #4 (2021)

Collage House with Magnetic Object - #4 (2021)

Michiko Iwata

I am Collage House with Magnetic Object - #4. For all the materials and things that get discarded and forgotten, I know how to make them feel at home.  

$450
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Collage House with Magnetic Object - #5 (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)
Collage House with Magnetic Object - #5 (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)

Collage House with Magnetic Object - #5 (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)

Michiko Iwata

I am Collage House with Magnetic Object - #5. Even though I might have one or two, you can be sure I'm not a house of cards with all the different layers built into my walls.  

$450
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Painted House with Magnetic Object - #6 (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)
Painted House with Magnetic Object - #6 (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)

Painted House with Magnetic Object - #6 (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)

Michiko Iwata

I am a Painted House with Magnetic Object - #6. While there may be a lot of waste generated in the world, I don't think we can paint them all in a broad stroke. I prefer to use short and thick ones to give them a fresh coat.  

$420
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Painted House with Magnetic Object - #7 (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)
Painted House with Magnetic Object - #7 (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)

Painted House with Magnetic Object - #7 (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)

Michiko Iwata

I am a Painted House with Magnetic Object - #7. Building a house isn't paint-by-numbers. I'm made of so many layers, I've even lost count.  

$420
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Painted House with Magnetic Object - #8 (2021)
Painted House with Magnetic Object - #8 (2021)

Painted House with Magnetic Object - #8 (2021)

Michiko Iwata

I am a Painted House with Magnetic Object - #8. The idea of painting the town red seems like fun, but I'm too much of a home body.  

$420
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Installation House - Set B (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)
Installation House - Set B (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)

Installation House - Set B (2021) (OUT OF STOCK)

Michiko Iwata

I am an Installation House - Set B. Hours of free play and creative expression are compliments of this house.  

$620
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Installation House - Set A (2021)
Installation House - Set A (2021)

Installation House - Set A (2021)

Michiko Iwata

I am an Installation House - Set A. Even when there are no problems, I enjoy nothing more than putting my house in one order, or another, or another...  

$620
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