Japanese artist Akie Nakata, also known as Stone Artist Akie, describes her stone art as a “collaboration between two fragments on earth.”
Nakata paints realistic and minutely detailed animal depictions on the surface of smooth stones.
“To me, stones are not simple materials or canvases for painting pictures on. Among all those numerous stones on a river bank, one stone, looking like an animal, catches my eye. When I find a stone, I feel that stone has found me too. Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them.
I paint the eyes at the very end, and 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.” – Akie Nakata