Sachiko Akiyama | Long Hand Poem

Wednesday, July 5 - Friday, October 27, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 5 - 8 pm

Artist’s Lecture & Reception

Gallery Closed Columbus Day, Monday, October 9

Sachiko Akiyama

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 worked on campus to develop a site-specific print installation to accompany the exhibition.


Wednesday, September 27, 5 - 8 pm

Artist’s Lecture & Reception

Tuesday, Oct 10, 12:30 - 2 pm

LONG HAND POEM | Special Collections
The Kniznick Gallery has partnered with The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University for a presentation of rare books that provide context for the ideas, forms, and imagery in the current exhibition, Sachiko Akiyama | LONG HAND POEM. The addition of the display to the exhibition highlights the convergence of Research, Art, and Activism that is an integral part of the Women’s Studies Research Center. Akiyama worked directly with the University Archives & Special Collections Staff to choose items from their collection that serve as inspiration and source material for her artistic practice.
Join us for a shared opportunity hosted by the University Archives & Special Collections Staff to further explore the materials on display and a reading from “Three Reflections” and “The Flowers of Remembrance and Forgetfulness,” two books from a Japanese Fair Tale series published in 1894.

Saturday, October 14, 11 am - 3 pm

Open Saturday with Sachiko Akiyama

Tuesday, Oct 24, 2:30-4 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.

Sachiko Akiyama


Sachiko Akiyama

Kniznick gallery installation: Sachiko akiyama | long hand poem

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