The work of Award winning and Japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi is stunning. Born in Tokyo in 1964, Akiko received a doctorate in painting from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. For over two decades he has been hanging his delicately crafted string sculptures in galleries around Japan, Korea, and New York.
The installations are constructed from extremely delicate silk threads, and despite the chaotic appearance of the knotted webs Akiko plans each work as an architect would plan a building with precision blueprints that involve a complex internal framework. The resulting works evoke powerful forces of nature: tornadoes, whirlpools, and perhaps even galaxies themselves.
Akiko begins with first laying a foundation structure using cotton thread. Next, a second layer using fine silk thread is slowly knotted into a mesh, a process that spans nearly a month for an installation such as the one depicted. Amazing work.
1991 Mr.O Award,Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, TokyoCONTACT:www.taisax.com/akiko/ikeuchi.html