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Akiko Kotani
updated: 10/13/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Impression #6 - #9
Impression #6 - #9
Impression #6
Impression #7
Impression #8
Impression #9
Impression #5
Impression #5
Impression #1- #4
Impression #1 - #4
 
Portfolio Keywords:  dreams, abstract, gestural, meditative
 
 
Impression #6 - #9 by Akiko Kotani
Impression #6 - #9
Drawing with silk, paper, wood
2008
4 " x  23 "  x 6 " 
Impression #6 - #9 by Akiko Kotani
Impression #6 - #9
Drawing with silk, paper, wood
2008
4 " x  23 "  x 6 " 
Impression #6 by Akiko Kotani
Impression #6
Drawing with silk, paper, wood
2008
4 " x  4 "  x 6 " 
Impression #7 by Akiko Kotani
Impression #7
Drawing with silk, paper, wood
2008
4 " x  4 "  x 6 " 
Impression #8 by Akiko Kotani
Impression #8
Drawing with silk, paper, wood
2008
4 " x  4 "  x 6 " 
Impression #9 by Akiko Kotani
Impression #9
Drawing with silk, paper, wood
2008
4 " x  4 "  x 6 " 
Impression #5 by Akiko Kotani
Impression #5
Drawing with silk, paper, wood
2008
4 " x  4 "  x 6 " 
Impression #5 by Akiko Kotani
Impression #5
Drawing with silk, paper, wood
2008
4 " x  4 "  x 6 " 
Impression #1- #4 by Akiko Kotani
Impression #1- #4
Drawing on silk, paper, wood
2008
4 " x  23 "  x 6 " 
Impression #1 - #4 by Akiko Kotani
Impression #1 - #4
Drawing with silk, paper, wood
2008
4" x  23"  x 6" 

Artist Statement

   Drawings on Silk, Linen and Paper  

At various stages in my career, I have been deeply fascinated by forms of Guatemala, Mbuti, and Japanese art. In my latest works, all of these disparate influences converge and come together with my own synthesis, resulting in a new form.  

My early tenure of study under a Mayan Indian weaver in Guatemala made me aware of the integration of the woven fabric into the culture of the family. Later, the study of Mbuti scratching on beaten bark fibers made me aware of the use of abstraction of natural forms taken from their environment. All of this study seems to be in contrast to my cultural background in Buddhism, but I find that they all can meet in the realm of the imagination.

All seem to be vital elements in the highest forms of the imaginative world. At the present time, I find that drawing, the most elemental of visual arts, and stitching, the most elemental of the embroidery arts, have found their way into my work. 

Since attending artist residencies at Vermont Studio, Johnson, VT and Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Newbliss, Ireland, I have found a blossoming emergence of graphite on paper. This exuberant gesture of mark making was born in the quiet of the residency settings.  

Currently, I reside in Istanbul, Turkey. I find that the stimulation of living in a culture other than one that I grew up in is leading to stitches with silk and marks of graphite on paper that I have not encountered before.        

Artist Bio / CV

Artist Biography

 

My career began at the University of Hawaii, from which I received a BFA in Painting in 1962. Before receiving my MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, I lived in Guatemala. While there I satisfied my growing fascination with the medium of fibers. The works I have created in the years since that experience reflect these influences, often simultaneously.

 

Since my retirement in 2000, from the faculty of Slippery Rock University, as Professor Emeritus of Art, I have presented 29 one-person exhibitions and have shown my work in over 190 group shows. One of my large pieces (7’ x 12‘) was added to the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 1981, and exhibited there in 1989.

 

Currently, I am Adjunct Professor of Art at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey.  

In 2008 the works will be exhibited at MX ESPAI 1010, Barcelona, Spain; Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA; and Hafriyat Karakoy, Istanbul, Turkey.