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.

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photo by Champion McConnell for Women & Their Work