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Ashes in the snow
The image of man-made icebergs started to appear in the group of current work after I had spent three weeks in Iceland in 2005. I was fascinated by the unexpected forms and the rawness of nature with the land being well preserved quite primitively, yet their ecological system was very advanced and sustainable with the use of energies such as geothermal energy and hydrogen fuel. These man-made icebergs are projected structures of the community floating in the water, containing the ecological system that could serve human needs, as a response /simulation to possible global climate catastrophe. However, as the global financial crisis hit in 2007, many financial institutions worldwide were in the threat of total collapse. That’s when the images of my icebergs started deforming and collapsing, representative of how the utopian hope in icebergs shatter like pixels on screen.
Acrylic on polyflex canvas over panel
- Size: W 31.0 cm x H 31.0 cm
- Medium: Painting
ABOUT THE ARTIST
It was Ishii’s love of Dutch paintings that led him to quit his studies and enrol in art college. Since he took up a brush, he has been exploring the possibilities of integrating psychological and environmental systems into self-contained worlds, where his paintings are a juxtaposition of artificial and natural patterns; always transforming, moving, energetic, destructive all at the same time.
In 2002, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from George Mason University, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2004, where he studied with Grace Hartigan, a first generation female Abstract Expressionist & Dominique Nahas, an independent curator and critic based in NY. Ishii has also been working as a print/textile designer for a reputable fashion company in NYC alongside his career as an artist.
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