It is because of those brave souls who we call artists, that without ever leaving our living room, our lives our transformed. they live life fully and they live life deeply. they communicate and express their experience and they bring meaning to our every day experiences as humans, connecting each one of us, transforming a society of individuals into an interconnected whole.
Echo at Satsop is artist Etsuko Ichikawa's response to the tragic Fukushima nuclear disaster that happened in her home country of Japan in 2011. Satsop is an unfinished nuclear facility located in Ichikawa's current home state of Washington. The sheer scale and magnitude of the structure is awe inspiring. A sharp clap of the artist's hands and the resounding echoes are chilling as the cutting sound brings to mind the structure's original purpose and with it memories of too many tragedies, too many lives lost, too much destruction to the natural environment around us.
Bamboo, a nod to Fukushima, pouring down water, is beautiful and yet reminds us of the futility... the cooling plant, how can it possibly... the stream of water, turning to drops, ending in a pool, dry as a bone, too vast to make a difference. Images of the artist in a white smock reference the role of science and progress.
One can't hep but ask, progress at what price? How can something so beautiful be so devastating? And you wonder, are we talking about the nuclear plant, or science anymore, or simply investigating our human motives as the film fades to a brilliant white light...
We are so proud to say that this beautiful, moving and thought provoking piece that has become the artist's life work just won recognition in Dave Bowen Projects Semi Annual Competition. You can read about that award here.