Artist Crush :: Akiko Ikeuchi - installations of thread and air

 Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do toourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. -- Chief Seattle

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do toourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect. -- Chief Seattle

Japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi's art is a delicate balance of knotted silk thread and air.  Her installations are a finely tuned balance of weight and tension.  These vortices reminiscent of whirlpools, hurricanes, and galaxies illustrate that life is strong, yet fragile.

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Her works are choreographed drawings, linear constructions exquisitely wrought and mapped with precision from precise blueprints. They play with light, density and opacity, visualizing its energy. 

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At each juncture is a simple knot. Each knot holding to another knot and another knot until the image appears.

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Born in 1967 in Tokyo, Akiko Ikeuchi has a doctorate in painting from the Tokoyo National University of Fine Arts
and Music.  Her work has been exhibited across Japan and Korea, as well as in Germany, Portugal and New York.  

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