Sachiko Akiyama leads a virtual walkthrough and discussion of Through Lines, an exhibition whose title was inspired by the Museum building’s original function as a railroad station. A through line is a continuous thread in a story, and the word evokes images of pathways flowing through a terrain, like the lines of railroad tracks moving past the station. Akiyama is interested in exploring journeys and recurring themes in our lives. The artist draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, including personal history, art, and literature.
Akiyama is best known for sculptures that combine hand-carved wood forms with other materials such as clay, resin and metal. She has exhibited in the United States and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Akinofuku Museum in Japan and the University of Maine Museum of Art, and group exhibitions at the Kohler Arts Center, Smack Mellon, and Field Projects. Her work is in the permanent collections of Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park and Gordon College.