Yuko Ike was born in Japan, and spent her early days in Tokyo. She has spent most of her adult life in the US and currently resides in Connecticut. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American Literature from Aoyama Gakuin University (Tokyo, Japan).
For as long as she can remember, visual art, particularly drawing and painting, has been her passion. Naturally, she has a strong affinity for Japanese aesthetics, most notably the influence of “wabi-sabi”. “Wabi-sabi” is a Japanese view of aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. She calls it “A form of art in asymmetry, minimalism and modesty.”
Her work is an expression of how she sees and feels the world in which she lives in. Nothing is ever the same, and nothing will remain forever.
Her inspiration comes from the most ordinary, everyday things and places: “They are often very little known places where I feel strong, emotional and spiritual connections. It can be anything from watermarks on the wall to a small hidden alleyway”. Whatever it may be, it moves her and thoughts and emotions start to grow. She tries to capture and express the impermanence and acceptance of the inevitable changes. She is most content when her inner visions and feelings are fully expressed through her artwork.