Carole Aoki is an accomplished ceramicist whose work has been collected by museums and honored by juried shows in the U.S., the Czech Republic, and Japan. For over 30 years she has created sculpture and functional objects in clays from fine porcelain to earthenware.
Her artist’s eye and unique appreciation for three-dimensional objects render Carole singularly adept in design and installation. Her installations are marked by an acute sensibility for light and color.
A BFA graduate of the California College of the Arts (formerly the California College of Arts and Crafts), Carole has a broad understanding of art history and object conservation. In the design conception she tries to balance an object’s historical significance with its aesthetic attributes to ensure that placement will complement surrounding objects – antiquities, paintings, prints, sculptures, or furniture.
Creating an installation design for a private residence presents a unique challenge: works of art must be aesthetically displayed in rooms used daily, but also securely displayed for busy moments of entertainment. Special attention must be given to objects of varying material and size. Each object must be thoughtfully placed to highlight its historical, cultural, and artistic importance.
Antiquities or other fragile objects of art pose special challenges. Carole has extensive experience in solving the problem of how to securely mount, contain, and display an object outside the protections normally found in a museum vitrine. She will design mounts, cases, and pedestals that secure and protect objects while enhancing the aesthetics of each one.
With the precision of a structural engineer, the skill of a craftsman, and the eye of an artist, Carole works with quiet efficiency to ensure the secure placement of your works of art.
Please contact Carole by email at: info@CaroleAoki.com or by phone: 917-747-7401 to discuss your project. A selected client list for art installations follows below.
Michael and Judy Steinhardt, New York Residence
Consult with clients on arrangement, lighting, color, conservation, and historical context of each object.
Create a comprehensive design that highlights each object within the framework of the entire living space.
Install precisely and securely extensive antiquities collection.
Design mounts, stands, and pedestals for life-size marbles and heads; bronzes of varying sizes; gold jewelry and ornaments; silver bowls.
Continue consultation and design as new objects are added to clients’ collection.
Ensure a successful rotation of antiquities that illuminates the objects and refreshes the living space.
Fred and Diana Elghanayan, New York Residence
Consult and design placement of stone sculptures of varying sizes
Install art objects in existing vitrines.
Design mounts, including custom-built wall mounts, stands, and pedestals for newly acquired objects.
Madeline Hult, New York Residence
Consulted with client on comprehensive art installation for newly renovated home, including stairwells, entry foyers, bedrooms, living room, hallways, offices, and bathrooms.
Installed over 50 framed paintings and prints, ranging in size from Persian miniatures to large paintings.
Designed unique French hanging rods for entry foyer.
Electrum Gallery, New York
Display of antiquities, from life-size Greek marbles to Roman glass in the gallery.
Display and placement of art objects for the International Fine Art & Antiques Dealer Show, New York, 2007.
Frederick Schultz Ancient Art, New York
Power Tools — The Stone Age and Bronze Age in North Europe, 1993
Designed mounts, wall vitrines, stands, and display cases for 81 objects. Display cited by New York Times for beauty and elegance.
Created design and managed installation of objects for all gallery displays on monthly rotation.
Directed installation of all objects of art (including design of mounts, stands, and vitrines) for the following fairs:
International Fine Art & Antiques Dealer Show, New York, 1995–2002