The particularity of Leiko Ikemura's pictorial language lies in its gentle melding of Eastern and Western influences. Born and raised in Japan, yet spending the past 40 years living and working in Europe, Ikemura is an artist working between two distinct visual traditions and cultures. The free-flowing gestures and pared down forms of her paintings, drawings, and prints tends towards a simplification and abstraction. Shapes and contours… Read more
About the artwork
The disembodied heads of girls with pigtails float ghost-like in the misty space of Ikemura's electric purple and black prints. As the title suggests, these works are studies of shadows, of specters, seemingly trapped in a limbo of sorts, an afterworld where dark shades dominate. These pieces are inspired by a series of large-scale cosmic landscapes that Ikemura has been working on in the past years and demonstrate her continued interest in the female form.