We have for you an exclusive interview from the Stone Artist. Stones are not only materials that she draws on. First, on her usual walk beside the riverbank, she finds a stone that catches her eye:
“When I find a stone, I feel that stone, too, has found me. Stones have their own intentions and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me that it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them. So the stones I decide to paint on are not arbitrary, but my significant opposites with whom I have established a connection, who inspire me to work with them.”
Some things may be as insensitive as a rock, but Akie Nakata is sensitive to rocks. The artist leaves the shape of the stone untouched. “In my encounters with the stones and in my art, I respect my opposites in toto, so I never process stones and would never cut off an edge to alter the shape. The art I want to create is a life newly born in my hands through my dialogue with the stone. I want to paint the life I feel inside the stone. I consider my work completed only when I see that the eyes are now alive and looking back straight at me. To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.”
The artist pointed out that the stones are not for sale and she wants the viewer to just enjoy the images themselves. You can do that by following her on her social media.
And now… enjoy this refreshing cocktail of adorable animals on the rocks.