Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Etsuko Ichikawa (Seattle) is a Tokyo-born, Seattle-based artist who works in various mediums including glass, fiber, video, and most recently sound. Etsuko describes her work as “a continuing investigation of what lies between the ephemeral and the eternal.” Her Pyrographs and Aquagraphs are drawings made by fire and water, capturing and eternalizing the immediacy of a moment, while her hanging installations and time-based work are about ever-changing states of mind.

Etsuko’s work has been exhibited internationally, including The Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, Seattle Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, and University of Wyoming Art Museum. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been reviewed in regional and national publications such as Sculpture Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, GLASS Quarterly, and Art Ltd. In 2013 she was featured in CityArts Magazine.

Etsuko received 2012 GAP Award funding to help defray the costs of a month-long residency at Mighty Tieton & Paper Hammer Studios in Tieton, Washington. During her residency Etsuko will work on creating a “sound & art” book that investigates the relationship between three-dimensional-form and sound.

Etsuko received 2008 GAP Award funding to cover the cost of supplemental materials for the exhibit Traces of the Molten State at the Bellevue Arts Museum October 8, 2008 through March 8, 2009. Traces of the Molten State was built around the concept of material evidence.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.