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Leiko Ikemura | Germany

Kitsune - Head, 2010

Terracotta
18x27x11 cm

Courtesy of the Artist


White Sleep, 2010
Terracotta
15x26x18 cm

Courtesy of the Artist

Asleep, we are somewhere else. Leiko Ikemura's head sculptures also seem to be in another world.

"The slightly inclined heads illustrate a transitory situation between the conscious now and the unconscious ancient times. This is rather like a gate between two worlds – very fragile, but at the same time transparent. The face is almost awake and the thoughts are mysterious and melancholic, with a slight smile. The face could be also a mask of condensed memories.

The head with closed eyes like a time machine to travel to the past, being but not present. The head is an object which reflects our inner life without decoding the contents – wordless but full of remote stories. The silence seduces us to contemplate the object being a mirror of our inner life. The sculptures are not the translation of idea but transport the language of my hands that create through the unconscious. Our body has its own memory and our hands are like tools to express it," says Ikemura.