Mashiko (b. 1941) was born in Manchuria, grew up in Kyoto, Japan, from 1947, and moved to the United States in 1962. Since 1964 she has lived in New York, exhibiting sculpture, prints, book art and medallic art. She has received numerous awards for her work, which is represented in many public collections around the world, including the National Museum of Taiwan, Kyoto City Hall, Japan, the American Numismatic Society, New York, the American Numismatic Association, Colorado Springs, and the British Museum. Since the 1970s she has organised and curated exhibitions of works in various media, including medallic sculpture, for international and national US organisations. Among these have been an exhibition of small-scale sculpture by one hundred international artists for the Meguro Museum, Tokyo, and a collaborative exhibition for the New York Sculptors’ Guild and Kyoto Sculpture Association. She has also initiated many international medallic art competitions, particularly for emerging artists. From 1994 to 2012 she taught stone-carving at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where in 2004 she founded a medallic sculpture course. She is the founder and director of the Medialia…Rack and Hamper Gallery, New York, which opened in 1993 and focuses on promoting contemporary medallic art. In 2000 she also founded New Approach, Inc., a non-profit organisation, which serves as a contemporary medallic art research centre as well as promoting emerging artists and curators. From 2008 to 2014 she was US delegate to FIDEM. For more on Mashiko, see Alan Stahl’s article, ‘Mashiko: the medallist as sculptor, teacher and marketer’, The Medal, 51 (2007), pp. 32-7.
About her BAMS medal, Lost in the Odyssey, the artist writes: ‘Life is from an unknown place appearing a little before dawn, wandering back to an unknown pathway just a little before dusk.’ The tree, branches and roots of the tree on the obverse are made in such a delicate manner that each wax model needs some touching up on the part of the artist. This means that each medal is very slightly different. A removable steel ball nestles in the hollow.