Koumei Bekki


Born 1952 in Japan.

Bekki Koumei attends Biwako school, an institution for mentally handicapped. His arrival at the workshop is invariably accompanied by the same ritual : he enters the studio, takes off his clothes, lies down, then gets dressed. He cannot stand the gaze of others and cannot create otherwise than when he is on his own.
He now works on ceramics, but before he modeled using the earth he found in the courtyard, mixing it with fiber threads, plants and tree branches. He also makes mouldings from crushed cooked rice he calls “Omochi” (the “mochi” is a preparation made from glutinous rice).

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