For me, making art is an action to depict what I want to look at and
touch. I try to capture the invisible and elusive by giving it form and
making it tangible. When the embodiment of my concept is connected to
my heart, I am encouraged and comforted. I found I can share this
experience with people through my art.
My ancestors, Japanese people in old times, paid close attention to
nature. They saw deities everywhere in nature; the sun and moon, wind
and rain, in mountains and the sea. Deities were also seen in trees,
animals, birds, bugs, and sea creatures. The belief in nature deities and
the sense to perceive their existence still exists in modern Japanese
people such as myself. These native beliefs influence my art.
I love beach combing and picking up seashells. What fascinates me
about the seashell is the life force and energy that once dwelled there
and animated it. They are born in the sea and make growth ridges which
are the record of their existence. When they die, the sea tumbles them,
rounds off the edges and abrades the surface leaving them bone white
as the seashells found on the beach.
We all came from the sea and leave traces of our journey just like
engraving wheels imprint irreversible marks on the glass. Sometimes we
undergo turmoil like being tumbled by the waves yet the trace of each
journey leaves its own unique, beautiful mark. I want to share and
celebrate the beauty of each of life’s individual, irreplaceable marks by
making my art.
—Reiko F. Nojima