Mie Kongo grew up on the outskirts of Tokyo, Japan, and now lives and works in Evanston, IL, where she makes multidisciplinary work. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at 65Grand, Chicago, IL; Audible Gallery at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, IL; Seerveld Gallery at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights IL; Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago IL; Arts and Literature Laboratory, Madison, WI; 4th Ward Project Space, Chicago IL; Cleve Carney Art Gallery, Glen Ellyn, IL; and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL. She has completed residencies at Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park in Shiga, Japan, and European Keramic Work Center, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Ceramics from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She is Associate Professor, Adj. in the Ceramics department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Joan Mitchell Fellowship, 2021
While I investigate sculptural relationships of volume, surface, balance, and tension, I contemplate the notions of natural balance, the unification of opposites, and the interdependence of all things. What I look for is coincidences or ‘bumps’ between the elements that create meaningful impact or relations. I wait for the moment when the work appears to have become a self-contained unit of meaning that is open to multiple interpretations.”