Silk vortex by Akiko Ikeuchi

0 Posted by - May 13, 2011 - Sculpture, Showcases

For over two decades japanese artist Akiko Ikeuchi has been creating room-sized vortices of silk, tying hundreds of small knots in coloured thread to form elaborate gallery installations.

Beginning with intricate plans resembling architectural diagrams, ikeuchi first lays 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. The resulting artwork straddles a interesting balance, appearing both imposing in scale yet almost completely weightless.

Akiko Ikeuchi


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  • Anonymous May 17, 2011 - 21:41 Reply

     Simply beautiful works of art. Like the silkworm, something so fragile and yet so strong and powerful. Imitating nature both with earth materials and astronomical concepts. Blessings, Debby

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