Sachiko Akiyama

Bird by Bird

June 3 – July 16, 2022

Bust wood sculpture with two small foxes on head, by Sachiko Akiyama

Sachiko Akiyama

Night Visions, 2022

Wood, paint

15 1/4h x 9 1/2w x 7d in
38.74h x 24.13w x 17.78d cm


Large wooden sculpture of figure engulfed in birds.

Sachiko Akiyama

Waking Dream, 2022

Wood, paint

77 1/2h x 19w x 17d in
196.85h x 48.26w x 43.18d cm


Wooden wall sculpture of face and foxes, by Sachiko Akiyama

Sachiko Akiyama

Fragments, 2021

Wood, paint

Dimensions variable


Wooden wall sculpture of head with two small foxes

Sachiko Akiyama

Keepers, 2021

Wood, paint

15h x 6w x 2d in
38.10h x 15.24w x 5.08d cm


Plank wood sculpture of figure, by Sachiko Akiyama

Sachiko Akiyama

Wonderland, 2022

Wood, paint, epoxy, wire

53h x 8w x 7 1/2d in
134.62h x 20.32w x 19.05d cm


Plank wood sculpture of figure, by Sachiko Akiyama

Sachiko Akiyama

Soraya, 2022

Wood, paint

48h x 10w x 3d in
121.92h x 25.40w x 7.62d cm


Wooden sculpture with head an text

Sachiko Akiyama

At Home in the Unknown, 2022

Wood, paint

9 1/4h x 13 1/2w x 2d in
23.50h x 34.29w x 5.08d cm


Wooden sculpture with human bust and dark panel, by Sachiko Akiyama

Sachiko Akiyama

Departure, 2021

Wood, paint

26h x 13w x 1d in
66.04h x 33.02w x 2.54d cm


Wood sculpture of sleeping figure with bird, by Sachiko Akiyama

Sachiko Akiyama

North Star, 2021

Wood, paint

30h x 20w x 1 1/2d in
76.20h x 50.80w x 3.81d cm


Wooden sculpture with wood block, cloud, head, and tears, by Sachiko Akiyama

Sachiko Akiyama

Between, 2019

Wood, steel, paint, resin

53h x 14w x 8d in
134.62h x 35.56w x 20.32d cm


Sculpture of figure inside structure with birds, by Sachiko Akiyama

Sachiko Akiyama

Bird by Bird, 2020

wood, metal, paint, resin

22h x 6 1/2w x 20d in
55.88h x 16.51w x 50.80d cm


Press Release

Tracey Morgan Gallery is pleased to present Bird by Bird, an exhibition of recent wood sculptures by New Hampshire based artist Sachiko Akiyama. This is our first solo exhibition with the artist.

Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Akiyama’s sculptures combine human and animal forms to explore deep psychological states and inner spaces, tackling interpersonal relationships and our place within our surrounding environment. With references to art history, literature, and her own Japanese American heritage, Akiyama explores spirituality, mythology, and dreams in a careful balance between the personal and the universal.

Akiyama’s sculptures exert a quiet, physical and psychological presence. She is interested in how tactile, physically assertive forms can describe the psyche – not a specific emotion or thought, but rather a state of concentration and introspection. The works are contemplative yet bold, maintaining a delicate tone while exuding strength and groundedness. Her figures often maintain neutral expressions, allowing viewers space for their own interpretations.

One large piece included in the exhibition, Waking Dream, shows a human form enveloped in songbirds, some more fully rendered than others. It was inspired by Michelangelo’s series of slaves whose forms are still partially encased in blocks of stone. In Waking Dream Akiyama highlights the contrast between the individual birds taking flight and the weight of the group as a whole.

Akiyama, who received her MFA from Boston University, was the recipient of a 2021 Millay Arts Fellowship as well as a 2022 Surf Point Foundation Fellowship. Recent exhibitions include the Brattleboro Museum, VT; Maine Center for Contemporary Arts, Rockland; and Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Greenville, SC.