Cast lead crystal
9 1/2 x 10 x 10 1/2 in (24.1 x 25.4 x 26.7 cm)
(b. 1983, lives and works in Los Angeles)
Kelly Akashi’s public sculpture Cultivator is currently on view on-site at Aspen Art Museum Crown Commons. She is emblematic of a generation of artists who studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt in the 2000s, alongside Veit Laurent Kurz.
Akashi has made a unique work for Winterfest—a pair of melted candles cast out of lead crystal and fired for over two weeks in a kiln, pushing the material to the limit of its capabilities. These candles come from a body of work that Akashi began in 2013 and picked up again this year. This new grouping consists of bronze and crystal casts of melted candles, cast directly from the original candle (no reproducible mold was created).
The candle casts the artist started this year have titles that reflect the dates during which they were melted. Each candle was burned in response to a historical event that occurred this year. This specific candle spans the dates of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and burial.
Her work is currently being exhibited in Ground/work at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA, and at the X Museum in Beijing.
Courtesy the artist; François Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles; and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York