Atsuko Goto creates beautifully melancholic images of delicate figures cloaked and merged with natural elements, everything from flowers and butterflies to insects, birds, and fish. Her muted palette is as ghostly as haze, achieved through the unique application of diluted pigments made from semi-precious lapis lazuli, ink, and gum arabic applied to cotton.

Inspired by Japanese Shinto and the belief that nature is animated by divinity and sacred spirits harbored in every living and inanimate thing, Goto creates imagery that conveys this feeling of profuse life force and intangible mystery, offset by a darker suggestion of mourning and lament. Quietly meditative, her works exude a dreamlike calm and resignation despite their abundance of detail and the density of her compositions. Silence and forlorn composure define this existence of the preternatural.

Fragile in their tempered darkness, the works are subtle and near translucent – like the unknown light and strange optics of an otherworldly plane where everything is unsubstantial. A feeling of entrapment and isolation persists, however, in the quietude. Like hauntings from the subconscious, the paintings feel like faded dreams, surreal distortions bordering on the ominous. Unsettling, the muted beauty of these diaphanous idols loom, uncannily caught in a thin veil between worlds.

Artist Website: http://www.gotsuko.com/en/

Current and Previous Works by Atsuko Goto

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  • “Escape to the Nonexistent Utopia (存在しない楽園への逃亡)”

    (2016)
    $5,000
    Available
    Cotton, glue, pigments, gum arabic, Japanese ink, Lapis lazuli
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    20.86" × 25.67"
    53 × 65 cm

    Show:

    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “Secret Party (秘密の宴)”

    (2017)
    $4,300
    Available
    Cotton, glue, pigments, gum arabic, Japanese ink,Lapis lazuli
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    16.14" × 23.86"
    41 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “Terrible Dream (恐ろしい夢)”

    (2016)
    $4,300
    Available
    Cotton, glue, pigments, gum arabic, Japanese ink,Lapis lazuli
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    16.14" × 23.86"
    41 × 61 cm

    Show:

    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “Butterfly VIII (蝶々VIII)”

    (2016)
    $300
    Available
    Graphite on paper
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    5.59" × 3.46"
    14 × 9 cm

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    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “Butterfly IX (蝶々IX)”

    (2016)
    $300
    Available
    Graphite on paper
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    5.51" × 3.54"
    14 × 9 cm

    Show:

    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “The Third Eye 2017-2 (第三の眼)”

    (2017)
    $300
    Available
    Graphite on paper
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    3.54" × 3.86"
    9 × 10 cm

    Show:

    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “The Third Eye 2017-4 (第三の眼)”

    (2017)
    $300
    Available
    Graphite on paper
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    4.8" × 3.54"
    12 × 9 cm

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    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “Mischief by Forgotten Dreams I”

    (2018)
    $4,500
    Available
    Pigments, Arabic gum, Japanese ink, Lapis Lazuli on glue coated cotton cloth
    Professionally Framed(dimensions are of artwork only)
    16.14" × 23.86"
    41 × 61 cm

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    • ELYSIUM (Main Room)
  • “Mischief by Forgotten Dreams IV”

    (2018)
    $3,800
    Available
    Pigments, Arabic gum, Japanese ink, Lapis Lazuli on glue coated cotton cloth
    Professionally Framed(dimensions are of artwork only)
    16.14" × 20.87"
    41 × 53 cm

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    • ELYSIUM (Main Room)
  • “Mischief by Forgotten Dreams V”

    (2018)
    $2,000
    Available
    Pigments, Arabic gum, Japanese ink, Lapis Lazuli on glue coated cotton cloth
    Professionally Framed(dimensions are of artwork only)
    9.53" × 13.11"
    24 × 33 cm

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    • ELYSIUM (Main Room)
  • “Mischief by Forgotten Dreams VI”

    (2018)
    $1,600
    Available
    Pigments, Arabic gum, Japanese ink, Lapis Lazuli on glue coated cotton cloth
    Professionally Framed(dimensions are of artwork only)
    7.48" × 10.75"
    19 × 27 cm

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    • ELYSIUM (Main Room)
  • “Mischief by Forgotten Dreams VIII”

    (2018)
    $1,600
    Available
    Pigments, Arabic gum, Japanese ink, Lapis Lazuli on glue coated cotton cloth
    Professionally Framed(dimensions are of artwork only)
    7.48" × 10.75"
    19 × 27 cm

    Show:

    • ELYSIUM (Main Room)
  • “Mischief by Forgotten Dreams IX”

    (2018)
    $1,600
    Available
    Pigments, Arabic gum, Japanese ink, Lapis Lazuli on glue coated cotton cloth
    Professionally Framed(dimensions are of artwork only)
    7.48" × 10.75"
    19 × 27 cm

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    • ELYSIUM (Main Room)
  • “Strong Boy”

    (2015)
    $1,625
    Sold
    Pigments, Arabic Gum, Japanese Ink, Lapis Lazuli on Cotton and glue on paper
    9" × 9"
    23 × 23 cm

    Show:

    • LAX / LHR – co-curated show with Stolen Space in London, England
  • “Beautiful Foreign Substance (綺麗な異物)”

    (2016)
    $1,800
    Sold
    Cotton, glue, pigments, gum arabic, Japanese ink, Lapis lazuli
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    9.53" × 13.11"
    24 × 33 cm

    Show:

    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “Raging Spring Wind (凶暴な春風)”

    (2017)
    $1,800
    Sold
    Cotton, glue, pigments, gum arabic, Japanese ink,Lapis lazuli
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    9.53" × 13.11"
    24 × 33 cm

    Show:

    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “Doll play (人形遊び)”

    (2015)
    $1,500
    Sold
    Cotton, glue, pigments, gum arabic, Japanese ink,Lapis lazuli
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    8.66" × 10.75"
    22 × 27 cm

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    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “Malicious Fruits(意地悪な果実)”

    (2017)
    $1,500
    Sold
    Cotton, glue, pigments, gum arabic, Japanese ink,Lapis lazuli
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    8.66" × 10.75"
    22 × 27 cm

    Show:

    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “The Third Eye 2017-1 (第三の眼)”

    (2017)
    $300
    Sold
    Graphite on paper
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    4.92" × 3.9"
    12 × 10 cm

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    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)
  • “The Third Eye 2017-3 (第三の眼)”

    (2017)
    $300
    Sold
    Graphite on paper
    Framed (dimensions are of artwork only)
    3.9" × 4.41"
    10 × 11 cm

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    • The Silence of Idols (Project Room)