Niyoko Ikuta creates flowing geometric shapes seemingly come to life out of layers of laminated sheet glass. They come in green and blue hues and remind the viewer of the fluid forms of waves in an ocean. Ikuta has been working in glass since the 1980s and has become a leading figure in Japanese glass art. Her works have been collected by institutions worldwide including the V&A in London and the Corning Museum of Glass in the U.S.
About her work, Ikuta says via V&A: I am captivated by the complexity of light as it reflects, refracts, and passes through broken cross sections of plate glass. In 1980 I began making artwork by laminating sheets of glass using adhesive and exposing the cross sections. My motifs are derived from feelings of gentleness and harshness, fear, limitless expansion experienced through contact with nature, images from music, ethnic conflict, the heart affected by joy and anger, and prayer. In creating my pieces it is like imagining an architectural space when viewing blueprints, deciding on an image by reading into the intentions of the architect, or imbuing a space with dynamic energy to bring it to life. [h.t thisiscolossal.com]