As easily as drawing with a pencil, Mika Aoki creates an esquisse with glass.
Walking down the hill in the South Aoyama district, you will find the gallery "PLSMIS", which seems like a cafe space with a Karimoku chair displayed in front of the gallery. From June 5th to 13th, an exhibition "fluctuation of life" was held at PLSMIS, showcasing glass works of "Life" by a glass artist Mika Aoki.
Born and raised in Hokkaido, Mika Aoki moved to Tokyo to study at Musashino Art University. After graduating from the school, she has exhibited her glass pieces made with heat-resistant glass and laboratory instruments by to explore her basic theme of "life".
Going inside the gallery, you can find a series of fragile glass pieces put into bottles. It feels like all the work stays in the quiet laboratory. Each glass piece looks like an organ, an animate life from the future, or an atom. These works are well fitted to be displayed in the gallery with plentiful sunlight. I feel nostalgia. It may be because the material: her pieces are made with glass.
"Sometimes I start to make the work after having fixed the concept, and sometimes I fix a concept as I am making the work" says the artist. The most important thing for her is to convey her message to everyone.
For her glass offers one of the freest ways to create. Like drawing with a pencil, she does Esquisse with glass. She works it again and again, and each “life” is completed. Her skilled technique will expand her possibility, and she must keep presenting in new experimental places.
Text: Memi Mizukami
Photo: Kozaburo Sakamoto