I have been looking at the artworks of Leiko Ikemura these last few days. Her paintings offer a space of momentum for reflecting. I have also been listening to her thoughts by watching an interview where she highlighted events of her personal life and expressed her thoughts about her relationship with art and the outside world's happenings.
Leiko Ikemura. After Another World. . Retrieved January 22, 2023, from https://www.leiko.info/news/x/leiko-ikemura-after-another-world/
These landscapes I find absolutely fascinating , through these artworks the artist creates a special world that explores the interconnection of all living beings.
Leiko Ikemura, Sinus Spring, 2018. © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst 2021. Photo: Jörg von Bruchhausen
Leiko Ikemura’s New Exhibition Connects Humanity And Nature. (August, 2021). Sainsbury Centre. Retrieved January 22, 2023, from https://www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk/stories/special-world-leiko-ikemuras-usagi-in-wonderland-connects-humanity-and-nature/
In an interview made in 2017, she says many interesting things I am currently thinking about:
"I am beginning to recognize the numerous aspects from the preciousness of our existence to the preciousness of life and the developments of culture and history."
"rather than how to work, it is about how to continue working"
"the issue is how to continue working in a way it maintains meaning"
"...I say this because the issue of art and morality is very difficult. We are not moralists nor we are educators"
Artwork from video mentioned below shown at 13minutes 55 seconds
ShugoArts. (2020, May 18). Leiko IKEMURA Interview, 2017. Available at: YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=136n5_FWmk0&list=WL&index=251