Upcoming Exhibition: Soft Walls
on View from July 12 – August 29, 2014 at Women & Their Work Gallery | Austin, TX
Opening Reception: July 12th, 7pm – 9pm
Exhibition Text from Soft Walls
Akiko Kotani transforms everyday materials with clever use of scale, a minimalist palette and her handmade process. The space-engulfing Soft Walls is composed of thousands of square feet of crocheted plastic that envelope walls. The plastic encasement flows off the wall and puddles at the floor. It is a combination of external flexibility and internal solidity. Kotani states, “One of the underlying motives was to honor my mother’s love of handwork and that of other women by employing this technique.” Her art embodies the surprising power and attraction of simplicity. Her work contains a depth of feeling within an economy of means.