Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born, Seattle-based, multi-media artist. One process Ichikawa regularly uses in her work is pyrography, a method of mark-making using a controlled, burning material. For Ichikawa, this material is glass.
Using molten glass as a fiery paint, Ichikawa scorches the surface of velvety, cast cotton paper. Her marks are lyrical, flowing abstractions reminiscent of water or air, highlighting the contradictory elements of fire and paper.
Ichikawa frequently incorporates watercolor to her works, balancing fire with water, and echoing the movement of her marks.
Her newest works, a continuation of her Vitrified series, show a heavy influence of watercolor offset by the delicate burn marks.
Vitrified encourages viewers to accept and embrace the ironies, contradictions, and interconnectedness of all elements in life.
Etsuko Ichikawa’s work has been exhibited internationally, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Seattle Art Museum, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, and the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo.