Artist Profile - Etsuko Ichikawa

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Etsuko Ichikawa

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2020 Arts Innovator Award2012 GAP Award2008 GAP Award2005 EDGE Professional Development Program
King County



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VITRIFIED Film Still 02, digital image, dimensions variable, 2018, Photo: Peter Kuhnlein

Uranium Orb 0218, Hot-sculpted uranium glass, 5.75 inches in diameter, 2018, Photo: Alec Miller

Echo at Satsop Film Still 01, digital image, dimensions variable, 2013, Photo: Sean Frego

Himawari Project, hand-cast paper, watercolor, an embedded sunflower seed, 3.5 inches in diameter, 2014, Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Glass Pyrograph on paper, 26 h x 13 w x 1d feet, 2008, Photo: Robert J. Pennington

Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born, Seattle-based, multimedia artist, filmmaker, and activist.

Ichikawa’s working media varies broadly: socially engaged art, performance, film, installation, sculpture, drawing, and poetry, which together brings a unique interdisciplinary approach that she uses to tell profound stories about our human dignity and the irreplaceable earth that we live on. She graduated from Tokyo Zokei University in Japan in 1987 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She moved to Seattle in 1993 to further her study of fine arts and became independent in 2003.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Seattle Art Museum, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, and the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo. She has received grants from numerous institutions including the Pollock Krasner Foundation and Americans for the Arts Funding, and her exhibit NACHI (2003) was supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

She is a co-founder of Artists for Japan, a Seattle-based grassroots group to support the relief efforts of the Great East Japan earthquake and aftermath and is a member of NOddIN, a Tokyo-based collective of filmmakers who are paying attention to various social, political, and environmental issues.

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