Medium: Powder-coated Steel
Artist Bio: Elizabeth Akamatsu was born in Yokuska, Japan and grew up in California. For the last 28 years she has lived and worked in Texas. After earning my MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale she ran the sculpture and metals program at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls located in the panhandle of Texas for three years. She then ran the sculpture program at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville located just north of Houston Texas for two years before moving to the East Texas Piney Woods in Nacogdoches where she set up a studio to work as a full timeartist.
Akamatsu has participated in public outdoor exhibitions across the country, with work in galleries in Austin, Texas, Richmond, Virginia, and Nantucket, Massachusetts. Recently she had a solo exhibition at the state museum of Chihuahua, Mexico, the country's largest state. in 2019 she had a solo exhibition in the Contemporary Art Center in Abilene, Texas and placed a large public sculpture commission in Portales at Eastern New Mexico University.
Akamatsu describes her aesthetic as one that reflects her Japanese heritage. She strives to celebrate a passion for precision and beauty, and a reverence for the marvels of nature. Her goal is to create a sense of awe and wonder through her art.