About Setsuko Ikai
Setsuko Ikai’s pictures are immersed in floating color compositions that ring of landscapes but challenge conventional patterns of seeing. As a matter of fact, the Japanese artist is less interested in natural sceneries than in the representation of „inner landscapes“ that emerge from moments and memories alike, based on an intricate structure of visual, intellectual and emotional experience. Her cycle „Urlandschaften“ („Primeval Landscapes“) characteristically explores intangible aspects, such as light, space, and eternity.
The artist imbues her images with a gentle, intermediate light that is mysteriously fascinating, but not immediately comprehensible. The depth effect does not result from rigorous picture direction or a perfectly controlled representation of perspective, but emerges from the suggestive power of colors and shades. In combining and contrasting dense color layers with delicate glazes, Ikai creates a vibrant interplay that radiates perpetual movement to remain mutable and indeterminate – like water, air, and reflections of light. The antagonism of atmospheric lightness und tangible references manifests itself through a counterplay of transparency and opacity. Stretching over multi-part image sequences in the form of diptychs und triptychs, Ikai’s seamless transitions imply infinite expanse.
Her pictures suggest a subtle dialogue between the visible expression and its intangible inspiration.
Dr. Angela Wilms - Adrians
Setsuko Ikai lives and works in Duesseldorf, Germany.
Member of Deutschen Künstlerbund and Verein Düsseldorfer Künstler.
Finanzamt Düsseldorf Nord
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