伝えたのは「生命のエネルギー」。

ガラスとの出会いは、旅先で偶然立ち寄ったガラス工房でした。
地球のエネルギーを呼び起こしたかのように動きまわるガラス。
光を発しながら自由に形を変える柔らかい生命体。
ここで見たガラスに衝撃を受け、
ガラスで「生命のエネルギー」、「今を生きるエネルギー」を表現したいという気持ちが抑えきれず、
翌日、東京のガラス工場に飛び込みました。

その後、カリフォルニア芸術大学 California College of the Arts で彫刻とガラスアートを学びましたが、
そこでは日本にいる時には意識することがなかった自身のアイデンティティについて
深く考えさせられました。
そして、欧米の物真似ではない、日本人の感性から生まれるべき、私自身の表現を追い求めました。

『 不完全の美を自らの内で完全にできる者のみが真の美を見出せる 』
「茶の本」で岡倉天心が説いたように、
「無から有を表現する不完全の美」が日本にはあります。

茶碗のヒビ割れを敢えて金で継ぎ、景色として愛でる「金継」(*1)
禅の思想から生まれ、侍の文化と共に発展した 砂利と石だけで滝や大海、宇宙観を表す「枯山水」庭園。

私自身が解釈した日本の精神性を礎に、
心で感じられる美を追い求め、既成概念を壊し、
今の時代の私たちがワクワクする新たな美を求めて挑み続けます。
ガラスアートが様々な空間でヒカリと成り、心を照らし、魂を震わせるような表現を追求していきます。  
このワクワクする新たな美を、ご覧いただく皆様と共有できればこれ以上の喜びはありません。

                                             西中千人

 (*1) 金継 きんつぎ
 ヒビ割れを漆で留め、ヒビ跡に金を蒔き強調し、新しい魅力として愛でる陶器の修復方法。修理というよりはむしろ日本の伝統的美意識「不完全の美」に基づく装飾。





I would like to relate my understanding of “ The Energy of Life " to you.


My first encounter with glass works was at a glass studio I walked in by chance while traveling.


The glass was moving around as if the Earth Energy was woken up.
As it was a life-form glowing lights with freely changing shapes and forms.
I was stunned to see the glass works.


I could not resist myself . I needed to express the Energy of Life and it’s Lively Action of the Energy in glass works so next day I ran into a glass factory in Tokyo.
Later, I entered the California College of the Arts and studied sculpture and glass art
but I had to come to a time to consciously and strongly think of my true identity which I did not have while living in Japan.
Therefore, I wanted to create and express my works with Japanese sensitivity and not the copies of the Europe nor the West.

The famous explanation of beauty explained by Mr. Tenshin Okakura who wrote The Book of Tea. He stated, “True beauty could be discovered only by one who mentally completes the incomplete.”

Japanese has an ability to create none existent to resurrect beauty from imperfection.
“Worthless into Valuable”
One Japanese dared to create loving scenery from a cracked tea bowl with the use of gold, called “Kin Tsugi” (*2) or golden connection.


The ideas created by Zen and later developed by the Samurais were to create gardens by the use of sands and gravels to express the waterfalls and the large oceans. They also create the universe within the garden called “Kare Sansui”, dry landscape garden.


With my understanding of Japanese mentality and spirituality I ‘m seeking for beauty in glass art, breaking away from old stereo typed believes and thinking.
I’ll keep on challenging to give more excitement to modern day art lovers.


I will continue seeking to create my glass art that gives space and glowing light which will brighten and vibrate peoples mind and soul.


It will give me the greatest pleasure if I can share this excitement and new beauty with you all.

YUKITO NISHINAKA  



(*2)
KINTSUGI is a restoration technique for broken ceramics.
Pieces are glued together with URUSHI lacquer, and gold dust is put into the crack trace to emphasize in order to enjoy the new charm that was added.
This is not just a restoration, but also decoration based on the Japanese traditional sense of beauty = “Beauty in Imperfection”.