Yasunari Izaki

Izaki found participation in this project intriguing: “It is an interesting change of pace to view nature from a scientific standpoint and the altered perspective helps inspire my imagination.” He often gathers material and inspiration for his pieces from the surrounding environment, and finds the value of each piece lies “not only in the artwork itself but also in the creative process and ongoing observation of and communication with materials, texture, colors, the environment and their interactive tensions.”

Izaki said he works primarily with wood and metal, in part because he enjoys the juxtaposition of wood, which has a sense of fragility, and metal which conveys strength and permanence. He has a “deep interest and respect not only for the physical object of a piece but also the process of creation itself.”

Influenced by eastern and western aesthetics, Izaki was born and raised in Japan and studied sculpture and painting at UAF.

Yasunari Izaki
Photo by Jim Barker.
Yasunari Izaki
Photo by Jim Barker.
Yasunari Izaki
Photo by Jim Barker.
Yasunari Izaki
Photo by Jim Barker.

Artist Statement

Fire is an enigmatic medium of nature. It is a transformative force.  
It simultaneously destroys and provides an opportunity of rebirth for the land.

Fire destroys the old and creates anew.
It provides light and warmth.
We instinctively fear fire and yet it also beckons us closer,
It invites companionship and harmonious socialization.

I am fascinated by fire. Gazing at flames makes me calm and contemplative. Yet fire also instills passion and drive.

Fire scorches the earth and new plants bloom. Within the image of a flower, I can see the remnant of the flames.