Sekimachi is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been on the forefront of the transformation of fiber arts over the last sixty years. Among the fiber arts world nationally, Sekimachi is one of those rare artists who has achieved legendary status in her field.
Sekimachi’s work is known for its elegant simplicity and superb craftsmanship. Now Sekimachi leads the field again with work she has never shown before - some masterworks from her personal collection, along with some new creations. "I still love to weave having bought my first loom in the Fall of 1949. Since then I've had this long career of 62 years working at the loom or with my hands." Sekimachi summarizes her approach to her art as:
I love order
I love working within limitations
I love the calm that work brings
Kevin Wallace elegantly summarizes the career of Sekimachi as:
“Kay Sekimachi’s work is marked by simplicity of form and lightness, while representing a revolution in contemporary weaving techniques. She is an accomplished master of technique and a minimalist, an artist who challenges traditional sculptural approaches while widening the potential of fibre and paper media. ‘Kay is her art,’ comments Kenneth R. Trapp, former Curator-in-Charge of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. ‘Humble, honest, sincere, brimming with integrity and dignity, and always in search of new expressions…Putting it simply, to me Sekimachi’s art is the essence of purity. Studied, thoughtful, contemplative, deliberate, assured, quiet and calm, her art expands our restricted world to embrace fibres as wondrous materials for creative expression.’ ”
Kevin Wallace, Craft Arts International, No. 66, 2006