En Iwamura works primarily in ceramics, a three-dimensional medium that allows him to experiment with the viewer’s experience of space. He references this relationship between negative space, viewer, and object within the context of the Japanese philosophy of Ma. Finding the most comfortable Ma between people, places, or objects can create a specific relationship with that person, place or object relative to an exact moment in time. More than just being three dimensional, clay is in itself a very historic medium, which helps Iwamura further explore his interest of specific moments in time. To Iwamura, “Ceramics last longer than human life, and we will communicate with future people with ceramics as an important information system.” Working within a specific visual glossary, Iwamura’s faces and forms all reference one another to create what the artist refers to as “future archeology” - his way of communicating with the generations that come after us.
En Iwamura was born in Kyoto, Japan in 1988, where he continues to live and work today. He earned his BFA and first MFA from the Kanazawa College of Art and Craft in Kanazawa, Japan in 2011 and 2013, respectively, and earned a second MFA from Clemson University in 2016. Iwamura has completed residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana (2016-2018), and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute in China (2018), among others. Most notably, he has been exhibited in the American Museum of Ceramic Art, in Pomona, CA (2019) as well as being the subject of 2018 and 2019 solo presentations by Ross + Kramer Gallery in East Hampton and at UNTITLED, ART. Fair in Miami.Download CV