Niyoko Ikuta is a Kyoto-based artist whose work has been much acclaimed ever since she started exhibiting in the early 1980s. Her work has been collected by numerous Japanese museums and is also represented in the USA by institutions such as the Corning Museum of Glass.
Niyoko has recently written of her work in the following terms:
‘I am captivated by the complexity of light as it reflects, refracts, and passes through broken cross sections of plate glass. In 1980 I began making artwork by laminating sheets of glass using adhesive and exposing the cross sections. My motifs are derived from feelings of gentleness and harshness, fear, limitless expansion experienced through contact with nature, images from music, ethnic conflict, the heart affected by joy and anger, and prayer.
In creating my pieces it is like imagining an architectural space when viewing blueprints, deciding on an image by reading into the intentions of the architect, or imbuing a space with dynamic energy to bring it to life. I am nervous when placing my finished work of art in a specific space, but I also enjoy it.’