Rieko Otake – Hanako
Rieko Otake uses wood from camphor, cypress, and katsura trees to produce her woodcarvings, leaving the finished piece untreated and with a natural surface. Her works often illustrate motifs such as young girls, birds, and animals, with dignified postures and expressionless yet profoundly penetrating gazes evoking a mysterious presence, as if they maintain an air of spirituality. ‘Hanako’ traces back to the beginnings of Otake’s practice, from her very first works in 2006 to brand-new pieces in 2022. Also featuring her initial foray into engraving, as yet unpublished drawings, and shots of her atelier showing glimpses of her working process, the book gives a portrait of her creativity.
|152 p, ills colour, 22 x 27 cm, hb, Japanese/English|