Photo Credit: Jeremy Charles
Akiko Jackson – Kahuku, Hawai’i
Akiko Jackson is a visual artist with an emphasis on sculpture and installation. She uses affordable and discarded material such as ceramics, metal, clothes, and hair— specifically chosen to reference cultural memory, time, place, and body.
Braiding hair, tying knots, casting multiples, sewing and stitching, breaking and re-using, mending cracks, are some greater assertions of cultural identity and tradition preservation seen in her body of work. Her work is informed by the use of black and gold, which are not only colours, but also concepts connected to theories of otherness, Japanese aesthetic, kintsugi, and mottainai.
Jackson has been the recipient of multiple awards and artist residencies including the Louise Bourgeois Endowed Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center; the Art Bridge Fellowship from the Pratt Fine Arts Center; and a Roswell Artist in Residence (RAiR) award. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Tokyo, Japan; Incheon, South Korea; and Sydney, Australia. In addition, Jackson has extensive experience as an instructor and visiting artist at non-profit organizations, art institutes, and universities, including the Kansas City Art Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University.