Akie Nakata Paints Realistic, Lifelike Animals On Smooth Stones

To Akie Nakata stones are not simply materials or canvases on which to paint pictures. When she looks at all those numerous stones on a river bank her eye will be caught by that one stone that looks like an animal. And when she finds that stone she feels the stone has also found her: ‘Stones may fall outside our usual definition of living organisms, but when I think of the long time it takes for a stone to change from a huge boulder in the mountains to the size and shape it has, as it rests in my palm, I feel the history of the earth that the stone has silently witnessed over the millennia, and I feel the story inside it. I feel the breath of a life inside each stone, so sometimes I paint while I talk to the stone as I hold it in my hand’.

Akie Nakata paints realistic, lifelike animals on smooth stones

Akie Nakata paints realistic, lifelike animals on smooth stones

Akie Nakata paints realistic, lifelike animals on smooth stones

Akie Nakata paints realistic, lifelike animals on smooth stones

Akie Nakata paints realistic, lifelike animals on smooth stones

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