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.

Available Pyrograph works - SIZE: 30 x 22" / SIZE: 22 x 15"

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.

Traces of the Molten State from Etsuko Ichikawa on Vimeo.

Available Pyrograph works - SIZE: 30 x 22" / SIZE: 22 x 15"

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


Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks resulting from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.

Pyrography means "writing with fire" and is the traditional art of using a heated tip or wire to burn or scorch designs onto natural materials such as wood or leather. Burning can be done by means of a modern solid-point tool (similar to a soldering iron) or hot wire tool, or a more basic method using a metal implement heated in a fire, or even sunlight concentrated with a magnifying lens.

This allows a great range of natural tones and shades to be achieved - beautiful subtle effects can create a picture in sepia tones, or strong dark strokes can make a bold, dramatic design. Varying the type of tip used, the temperature, or the way the iron is applied to the material all create different effects. Solid-point machines offer a variety of tip shapes, and can also be used for "branding" the wood or leather. Wire-point machines allow the artist to shape the wire into a variety of configurations, to achieve broad marks or fine lines. This work is time-consuming, done entirely by hand, with each line of a complex design drawn individually. After the design is burned in, wooden objects are often coloured, sometimes boldly or more delicately tinted.
- Source: Wikipedia

Available Pyrograph works - SIZE: 30 x 22" / SIZE: 22 x 15"



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