We have stones everywhere, even the Earth itself is a giant rock.
This stone artist, Akie Nakata is a Japanese artist who turns stones into tiny animals that fit in your palm. She does that by painting them and has been doing this work art for the past ten years. Since she was a child, she loved collecting stones and drawing animals but says these two interests stayed separate for a while. Then one day it all changed after Akie saw a stone that looked just like a rabbit.
She said that she doesn’t use any old stones she finds – her process is much more intimate. “When I find a stone, I feel that stone, too, has found me. Stones have their own intentions and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me that it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them. So the stones I decide to paint on are not arbitrary, but my significant opposites with whom I have established a connection, who inspire me to work with them.”
She also said that she wants to paint the life she feels inside the stone. “I consider my work completed only when I see that the eyes are now alive and looking back straight at me. To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.”
Sadly Akie’s wonderful work is not for sale, she wants the viewers to enjoy the images.
Below is a list of Akie’s work.