Sachiko Abe at the Bluecoat

This is a bit spooky, Sachiko is sitting on the floor in an area of the Concert hall surrounded by long white curtains and she’s cutting A4 pieces of white paper into very thin strips. You have to peer through a gap in the curtains to watch, she never stops or even looks up. You feel like you’re intruding but its quite hypnotic. If you think this sounds a bit mental you’d be right. At least, according to the artist’s statement she started doing this when she was confined to a mental hospital, concentrating on the precise cutting is a way of keeping her mind under control. She’s been cutting paper for 9 years and can be doing it for 10 hours a day. Its one of those things you just have to see but she’s only there till Saturday. (10.30-17.00)