Presented in collaboration with L'Space Gallery, BIOTOPE is an exhibition that emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things. Crafted from hand- shaped clay and natural dyes, Hotta's pieces embody the concept of "生き物" (Ikimono) - living things in Japanese culture. Ranging from humans to animals, insects, plants, and plankton, Hotta's creations reflect a deep reverence for life and its diverse manifestations. Through biomorphic forms and symbolic breathing apertures, Hotta challenges viewers to reconsider their relationship with themselves, each other, and the natural world, fostering a sense of familial unity among her sculptures.

524 W 19th St, New York NY 10011
April 25 — May 25, 2024

Exhibition made possible thanks to
Tanjia Davoilia of SPCE.LOVE


Yukari Hotta (b. 1979, Tokyo, Japan) started her journey in Denmark, coming from Japan, in 2003 to study design at the Royal Danish Academy, School of Design. After seven years as a designer Hotta stumbled into ceramics by chance. Natural clays form the base of her practice, each presenting their own organic composition and colour within Hotta’s final forms. Without the use of glaze, her objects gain their unique characteristics when worked by hand – some are left raw, while others are sanded and smoothed, along with the various temperatures at which they are fired. Hotta views each piece as an individual character – often adding holes within her works so they can breathe.  Hotta lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Exhibition Highlights