Akiko Ban
Japanese, born 1975

Influenced by Japanese calligraphy, contemporary jewelry designer and fine artist Akiko Ban works in malleable materials—ink, plaster, rubber—that appear to respond to their environments. Sluggish figures collapse over their pedestals; pen and ink drawings pool in naturalistic veins. Ban’s one-off, biomorphic forms, which often resemble Rorschach tests or samples of molten rock, are made quickly so as to preserve spontaneity of gesture. Ban says that her creative process only really succeeds when her “unconsciousness is purely harmonized with the natural phenomena caused by materials.”

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