etsuko ichikawa

Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born, Seattle-based visual artist who works primarily with glass and paper in various scales, including architectural installations. Her work is a continuing investigation of what lies between the ephemeral and the eternal, and psychology has been her primary source of inspiration. Etsuko’s work has been exhibited internationally, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, London, New York, and Los Angeles. Also included in the private and public collections, including Microsoft Art Collection, Washington State Public Arts Commission, and King County Portable Art Collection. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant.

My work is a continuing investigation of what lies between the ephemeral and the eternal. I work with a range of materials, in particular glass, paper, and thread, and in various scales including large installations.

Moment and memory, absorption and evaporation, light and shadow are some of the triggers that inspire me and relate to my work. My “glass pyrograph” drawings are made by imprinting hot glass onto paper, which is one way to capture and eternalize the immediacy of a moment, while my hanging and floating installations are about ever-changing states of mind.
Born and raised in Japan and having lived in the United States for over the last decade, I recognize my dual cultures as defining influences and psychology as my primary source of inspiration.

Etsuko's RESUME



Traces of the Molten State from Etsuko Ichikawa on Vimeo.


Deai (Encounter) series
… a brief moment eternalized in a print. – Judith van Praag, arts writer

Deai (pronunciation: deh-ah-ee), the title of the series, translates from Japanese as “encounter”. The work is created by imprinting the hot glass onto paper and leaving the impression of the piece. This series of work represents metaphors of an encounter between two different characters, and Psychology is a source of great inspiration for Etsuko’s work.

She started this series of work at Pilchuck Glass School in summer 2004 and had an opportunity to create a number of large pieces at Museum of Glass in Tacoma during her residencies in 2004 and 2005. She continues to develop the series of work using different combinations of material, and in different scales including a large scale incorporate into architectural environments.

“I see this process as a metaphor of my daily life in terms of encounters and impressions relating directly to my work. Meeting someone, seeing some event, hearing a piece of music - these encounters are fleeting moments, but sometimes the impressions of these moments take on their own lives.” - EI