Etsuko Ichikawa blows beautiful glass forms. A student of Dale Chihuly, her glass sculptures capture "floating atmosphere." Through a "happy accident," she dropped a glob of molten glass on the floor and was struck by the burn mark that remained. From this revelation, she began to experiment - drawing with molten glass on paper. The paper ignites as she gracefully whips red-hot glass across its surface. The resulting burn captures the encounter, or deai in Japanese, between the hot glass and the paper. With only 5 seconds to create before the work literally goes up in smoke, the resulting image is full of energy and movement, but at the same time, very relaxing and zen. Despite being a unique abstraction, each Trace, as she calls individual works, manifests different images. The Trace below hearkens an erotic figure with a voluptuous rump. See if you see it too... As you can see with this work, erotica doesn't have to be explicit. Sometimes just the hint of something, a flowing line, can allow the imagination to wonder and create sensation - even more so than when it's spelled out for you.
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Yves Isle is a pseudonym. Involved in the art world, the author highlights sensual or erotic work (not porn) by artists with the hopes of getting you to look deeper.