photo: SAIKI Taku
|Copyright Notice||© NARAHARA Hiroko|
|Year of acquisition/ donation||2002|
|Description||Born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1979. Lives and works there.|
After entering the Department of Applied Arts & Design, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, Narahara Hiroko started working in glass. In her sophomore year, she fused a lump of glass and glass powder in a mold by heating, and came up with the technique of mixing a transparent and semi-transparent glass. This discovery had a critical impact on her subsequent works, and her piece entitled ＜Soul＞ that she made in her senior year of university, was awarded the first prize at the World Competition of Arts & Crafts Kanazawa 2001. She also makes works combining glass and concrete.
Small cubes comprising the work "Soul" are connected horizontally to form a softly curving line. The center of each cube is transparent, and is surrounded by white, opaque glass. Two different conditions of the same type of glass, a mass of glass and glass powder, were blended and caused convection as a result of being heated, and the traces were left as they were inside the work. Consequently, actual tension in the movement of matter and something like a sign of life were revealed. Later the artist told about this work that she tried to express a subjective feeling that she had as an image of her personal religious experience. Although she leaves in her work such a feeling that she finds difficult to put in words, the expression itself is generously open, allowing different interpretations and feelings.
This Collection Data page contains the works and materials in the collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, as of April 1, 2018.
Artists are listed alphabetically by artist’s surname.
Works and materials by the same artists are listed according to the date of the work in principle.
Works whose dates are unidentified are listed at the end of each item. Some works are not listed according to the date of work due to their relations.
The data of works and materials are listed in order of title, production year, material/technique/form, dimensions, donor’s name, copyright holder and credit for photograph.
Dimensions are given by height (H) x width (W) in centimeters for plane work, and height (H) x width (W) x depth (D) in cm for 3-D work. Diameter (Ø) is used for circular work.
For the name of country or city, the name currently used in English is listed in principle.