Leiko Ikmura

Ulmer Museum

How can the invisible be made visible? I’m not thinking of ideas, say, which can be depicted through allegory, as European painting has done for centuries. There is another invisibility, the process of becoming: transition, the unfinished, emptiness—the space that makes an occurrence possible, emptiness as origin and potential. How can this be made visible?

Leiko Ikemura, an artist born in Japan who has lived for thirty years in Europe—first in Spain and Switzerland and today in Germany—has attempted, through her paintings and sculptures, to make visible the void and the process of becoming. As a young artist, she painted in the European tradition, capturing the merely visible; but through the years she departed ever further from this understanding of the medium and began an exhaustive and time-consuming process of examining the Western tradition on the one hand and developing her own

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