b.1983 Kyoto, Japan. Lives and works Brussels, Belgium.

Wake Up Kiss, 2015. Oil on canvas, 194 x 336 cm. Courtesy the artist and Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, Japan.

In Akiko Ueda’s two works, familiar forms from nature dissolve into vivid, dream-like expressions. The artist created these works after getting lost in a Bavarian forest, during which she realized the striking similarity between getting lost and artmaking. Proceeding with receptiveness, the artist articulates the sensibility of discovery in her painterly process. Amidst the lush painterly surface are moments of encounter and contact, connecting anthropomorphic figurines to the landscape. The fusion of these elements emphasises the joint and mutual fragility of the two dimensions of being.

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