Kelly Akashi, Be Me (Bisected)?

Kelly Akashi, Be Me (Bisected), 2019

Medium: Cut hand‑blown glass

Size: 2 1/2 × 14 × 10 in. (6.4 × 35.6 × 25.4 cm)

Credits: Courtesy of the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles


Audio Transcript

Michael Endo, a glass artist and curator, recently described Akashi’s sculptures and the movement that is embodied within their forms.

He writes, “The objects in Akashi’s complexes communicate with one other, with us, and with the world in surprising, vibrant ways. The recurring spiral form lends the static objects a momentum as the works twist in on themselves like the nautilus shell or the human equivalent of an accreted shell; hair and nails. The cavity of a shell mirrors the cavity of a rib cage that expands to blow a cavity into turning molten sand. Akashi’s work exposes the sensual suture of inside and outside to emphasize this repetition and interconnectedness.”