It’s often delicate and uncomfortable for many Americans to engage in a critical dialogue about race and culture. As a way to reconcile and understand intergenerational traumas in her family and life, Akiko Jackson addresses cultural identity through sculptural installations. She also works with artist communities in various parts of our nation to learn from different cultures and ways of living.
Jackson uses affordable and discarded material such as ceramics, metal, fabric, and synthetic hair — specifically chosen to reference her cultural memory, time, place, and body. She also incorporates signifiers of her marginalized identity, such as objects from her family, specific colors and manner of display, to address notions of otherness and to act as a catalyst for viewers to confront ideas of identity.
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. She has been elated to be part of the Roswell Artist-in-Residence community as a grant recipient, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Please visit akikojackson.com to learn more about the artist.