Sachiko Akiyama | Long Hand Poem

Wednesday, July 5 - Friday, October 27, 2017

Sachiko Akiyama

sachiko akiyama, Where Earth Meets Sky, 2012. wood, clay, paint. 19” x 13 ½” x 17 ½”

The Kniznick Gallery presents Long Hand Poem, a solo exhibition of New Hampshire-based artist Sachiko Akiyama. In Akiyama’s hand-carved wooden sculptures, the distinction between seeing and touch are softened, as her figures merge with creatures and spaces typically observed from a distance. Long Hand Poem reveals Akiyama’s interest in birds and their migratory habits as symbols of the intrinsic intelligence that connects an entity with its home. Her intensely physical process of carving into a large chunk of wood broadens the meaning of her symbols, as she describes “reaching in” toward nature to find concealed forms.

While Akiyama’s figures outwardly assume a statuesque poise that alludes to religious sculpture, their point of departure is distinctly personal. The facial features of her ancestors are represented in some work, and her precise descriptions offer a delicately crafted entry point for viewers.

From July 10-28, Akiyama will be at Brandeis developing a site-specific print installation to accompany the exhibition.



Wednesday, September 27, 5 - 8 pm

Artist’s Lecture & Reception

Tuesday, Oct 24, 2:30-4:00 pm

Exercises for the Quiet Eye with Annie Storr
WSRC Scholar, art historian and museum educator, Annie Storr will lead art experiencing exercises through the Kniznick Gallery exhibition Sachiko Akiyama | Long Hand Poem. Storr developed Exercises for the Quiet Eye (EQE) to encourage patient reflection, appreciation, and an attempt to avoid the rush to understand, or determine a set interpretation for what we see.

This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous support of Rosalie and Jim Shane and the Brandeis Department of Fine Arts.