Akiko Nagino - Ballarat
Japanese paper-cut artist Akiko Nagino works with large-scale hand cut paper pieces. Nagino has a longstanding interest in patterns found in the everyday; the sky, walls, roads, leaves, vegetables, and insects (especially those which scare her, such as patterns found in butterfly wings).
In her art practice, she muses on what a pattern is – beautiful, intimidating, absolute, and distorted. The power of a pattern can draw the observer in, captivate and fascinate them. Nagino’s love of Japanese culture and training in Japanese lacquer work are evident in her highly traditional and disciplined style.