Currently Hanging: Etsuko Ichikawa at Winston Wachter Gallery (Online)
Watching the process of how her pyrographs are birthed into the world is key to understanding and appreciating her work. In this video from the Museum of Glass, you can see how she uses her whole body to create these drawings, dripping and whipping the molten glass quickly across the surface. "The performative part of glass blowing became a part of my work, doing glass pyrograph work," she says in the video. "It's really intuitive, moving my body and using glass as a material to draw." The glass looks like hot, quickly hardening honey as it leaves its black trace on the thick sheets of paper. It's a memory of heat, a delicate mark born of fire.
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Via The Stranger