RAIR | 2018-19
Akiko Jackson | KAHUKU, HI
Akiko Jackson is a visual artist with an interest in working full-time in the studio while living within the context of varied art communities and non-profit art organizations. Through this ongoing research and exploration, she acquires a sense of belonging, placement, and displacement that unravels within the sculptural work she creates in installation for exhibition spaces.
Akiko Jackson is from Kahuku, a rural North Shore community on the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i. She is the recipient of numerous residencies and fellowships nationwide, was a Louise Bourgeois Endowed Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA and a Visual Arts Fellow at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Jackson is elated to be part of the RAiR Foundation and art community as a grant recipient. Jackson has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
“During my time in Roswell, I look forward to healing. I’m interested in the idea of going ‘back to basics’ as I consider my matrilineal heritage and its rootings within Jomon and Ainu culture. In my work, I often braid hair, tie knots, rip and sew old fabric, bend wire, use gold, and coil forms. These motions are assertions of cultural identity and tradition preservation, markings made by hands, markings that tell a story of an intergenerational past.”