photo: SAIKI Taku

Soul

ArtistNARAHARA Hiroko
Year2000
Material/ Techniqueglass
Size/ DurationH14.5×W88×D6cm
Copyright Notice© NARAHARA Hiroko
Year of acquisition/ donation2002
DescriptionBorn 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.

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