An interactive Fine Art exhibition about human disconnection and the return from fear and shame to wholehearted living.
Daniela Izaguirre
Savannah, Georgia
United States
1 Team Member



“There are two kinds of writers: those that make you think, and those that make you wonder. “

Brian Aldiss

Kokeshi is a newly formed group, lead by fiber artist Akiyo Kaneko and fine artist Daniela Izaguirre. This collaborative journey includes students of various degrees at SCAD, from Fine Art and Fibers to Fashion Design and Film. These young artists are creating a body of work exploring the unfolding layers of meanings and metaphors found in the Japanese icon, the Kokeshi doll. Kokeshi dolls are made out of wood with round heads and cylindrical, limbless bodies. Well known British travel writer Allan Booth described the dolls as substitutes of unwanted infants.

While culturally specific to Japanese society and mother-child relationships in particular, this project conveys the idea of disconnection between people, highlighting the many layers of indifference and apathy, common to our human experience. Evoking a pulsating quite rhythm, like the poetry in the cycles of women and in nature, this body of work will connect the audience with their own vulnerability and apathy; in the process they will find themselves connecting the threads of a disconnected story.

This body of work consists of several interactive multimedia projects ranging from sound and video work, to photography, fiber sculptures and paintings. Through the poetic use of objects, materials and processes, like ceramics, weaving, bleaching and dying, we want to lead the audience through a multisensory journey. By capturing the essence of these objects and materials to create a metaphoric language, we will engage with people’s imagination through the materiality of the work.


“No-one can consider himself as a solitary verse, but rather everyone is part of the same divine poem, which God writes, with the help of our freedom”

Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer

Akiyo and Daniela firmly believe that art has an important role to play in elevating culture. They believe in the power of beauty and they strive everyday to use their talents to make art that comes from a place of honesty and vulnerability, art that is meaningful and deeply human.

Akiyo and Daniela come from different culture and faith background yet they both believe in the dignity and beauty of human life.

Akiyo Kaneko was born in Singapore with an upbringing background of living experiences in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Shanghai. Being given an opportunity to study at SCAD, she has found infinite possibilities to create art in living space. Her current focus of work at SCAD is fibers and painting.

Daniela Izaguirre is a Peruvian artist from the city of Lima in the coast of Peru. Her nomadic spirit lead her to SCAD, where she started as an illustration artist and later explored different fields and media, such as theater, production design, ceramics, sculpture and painting. She is currently based in Savannah, Georgia where she is working on a series of ceramic installations, non-objective watercolors and conceptual video art.


With your collaboration you will also be part of our artwork and you will help us to use our talents to bridge the gap of indifference. 

We need money to buy our materials and pay part of the rent at the gallery. We are also in need of money to rent equipment like projectors and cameras, transportation for our video crew, marketing materials like postcards, posters and catalogues, and the catering for our reception at the Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA on October 4th.

Check out “The Perks” section to find out how to help Akiyo and Daniela and what you will get for your generosity :)


Akiyo and Daniela are very happy for your kind contribution. We understand if you are not able to support our project monetarily. The good desires of your heart and your support by sharing via social media will be equally appreciated! :D


Special thanks to Alejandra Vizarreta, Mitzi Davis, Michael Edwards, Shekinah Ramos and Akmyrat Tuliyev

Check out our pictures from the show here>>>http://www.danielaizaguirre.com/#!2013/cu8f

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    We will give you a special "Thank you" on Facebook :D

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    All of the above + A postcard of our show + a "Thank you" note written by Akiyo and Daniela!

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    All the above perks + Your name included in one of our interactive installations!!!!

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    All of the above perks + An original ceramic Kokeshi doll (made by us ;P)

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    An original artwork from our show, consisting of a hand made dress made out of felt,macrame and ceramics

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