Stone artist Akie Nakata is a painter who is "rocking" the trend of transforming pebbles into gorgeous, almost life-like works of art
Akie Nakata is a Japanese artist turning to stones for inspiration. Simply known as Akie, the artist is, let’s say, “rocking” this trend of turning pebbles into beautiful work of art.
The self-taught artist has loved picking up stones since she was a kid. She chooses the ones she believes are meant to be their own characters, according to My Modern Met. She brings them to life by painting on them using acrylic paints and has been doing so since 2011.
The idea bloomed while she was walking along a riverbank and spotted a peculiar pebble that sort of resembled a rabbit. She wrote to MMM, stating, “Stones have their own intentions, and I consider my encounters with them as cues […] to go ahead and paint what I see on them.”
Once you have a look at her work, it might take you a second to realize that the animals aren’t real. Her work is intricate and beautifully detailed and she does work on each stone with utmost care. What's fascinating about these painted stones is how life-like they can be.
Where can you find these stones? Akie usually picks them out herself. After sourcing the stones herself she tends to ask herself, “ Am I positioning the backbone in the right place? Does it feel right? Am I forcing something that disagrees with the natural shape of the stone?”
For Akie it’s not just about details but it’s also about finding life in them. She uses acrylic paint while working on each stone. She paints a range of animals, from dogs and cats to birds and mice. She says she feels her work is complete only when she sees “the eyes are now alive and looking back.” She adds, “To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.”
Akie looks deeper than the surface, she sees more to the stone than meets the eye. Most people might see a stone and think that it’s nothing of major significance. It's just a piece of a rock, but not Akie. When she holds one in her hand, she feels everything it has “silently witnessed over the millennia.”
She believes rocks have stories to tell and reveals, “Sometimes I paint while I talk to the stone as I hold it in my hand.” Akie wants her stones to be treated as well as people treat their own lives “because we all stand on the same earth, and we come from the same earth.”