Ovid's Metamorphosis: Yoko Kubrick Sculpture Exhibition
June 1 - November 6, 2023
Discover the timeless tales of Ovid's Metamorphosis through Yoko Kubrick's abstract marble sculptures displayed in Filoli’s House and Garden. Kubrick's works infuse classic heroines with her own language of form and nature.
“My art is a celebration of the natural world, blending the beauty of flowers, curves, and landscapes with tales from classical and comparative mythology. Through my work, I explore the collective unconscious, revealing the universal imagery that is shared across cultures and time.”
About the Artist
Yoko Kubrick, a Japanese-American artist and sculptor, creates abstract works in marble, granite, bronze, and stainless steel for public and private spaces. Her art reflects her lifelong fascination with mythology and is inspired by nature's biomorphic shapes. Kubrick was born on Guam and was raised across cultures. She now divides her time between California and Tuscany.
Panta Rhei means "everything flows" in Greek philosophy, emphasizing the constant and ever-changing nature of the universe.
The Citadel of the mind symbolizes a stronghold of mental fortitude and resilience against external influences.
Echo represents the struggle for self-expression and identity in the face of unrequited love and social isolation.
Inspired by ancient Greek and Roman grottos, which were homages to sea nymphs and offered them a place of refuge.
Artemis is the goddess of the hunt and associated with the moon, which is a symbol of the feminine energy and intuition.
Kalliope is a muse of epic poetry in Greek mythology, known for her eloquence and inspiring artists.
Galatea represents the divine feminine as a beautiful, strong, adaptable, and unifying force that bridges the material and spiritual realms.
Walled Garden Beds
Thalassa is the primordial Greek goddess of the sea, often depicted as a powerful and nurturing deity who brings life and abundance.
Thetis, sea nymph, signifies the changing and elusive nature of femininity. A shapeshifter, she reflects the adaptability linked to womanhood.
Time and water movement, symbolized by the German term 'der Gezeiten' refers to the ebb and flow of time. Bronze
Ladies’ Cloakroom Wall
The Aegis is a legendary shield in Greek mythology, often depicted as a symbol of protection and divine power. Bronze
The seashell and Vesta are both symbols of renewal, rebirth, and cyclical nature, representing water, the inner journey, and family protection.
Tellus, Earth Goddess
Family Room Mantle
Tellus is the Roman goddess of the earth and agriculture, worshiped as a maternal figure associated with fertility and abundance. Bronze
Thalassa is the primordial Greek goddess of the sea, often depicted as a powerful and nurturing deity who brings life and abundance. This is study for the larger piece displayed in the Garden.
Reception Room South Table
The Citadel of the mind symbolizes a stronghold of mental fortitude and resilience against external influences. This is study for the larger piece displayed in the Garden.
Echo represents the struggle for self-expression and identity in the face of unrequited love and social isolation. This is study for the larger piece displayed in the Garden.
Grand Hallway, South Niche
Nyx is the powerful and mysterious goddess of the night in Greek mythology, associated with dreams, destiny, and witchcraft.