Momoko Ikarashi 五十嵐桃子

アートピースに込められた、
ガラスの深遠な可能性

“Ikarashi_top"

あらゆる技法をミックス
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五十嵐は、その制作スタイルにおいて、異質の存在といえるガラス作家だ。ガラスの制作方法は、大きく分類して吹き竿に息を吹き込んで成形する“吹き”と、粉末状や板状のガラスを溶かし石膏型等を使って様々な形に成形する“キルンワーク”に分かれる。通常はこのどちらかに専念する、または作品に応じて技法を使い分けて制作する作家がほとんどだが、五十嵐はこのどちらの技法も併用し、組み合わせることでひとつの作品を作り上げる特異な作家だ。氷砂糖のような半透明のガラスの中に赤や黄、黒のグラデーションが溶け込む四角い箱状の物体、乳白色の中に透き通る青緑色を閉じ込めた、まるで氷山を切り出したかのようなアーチ状のオブジェ。一方で、小さなリング状のガラスを繋ぎ合わせた網目状のオブジェが浮かぶようにあしらわれた不思議な作品。パーツパーツで様々な技法を組み合わせる五十嵐の作品表現は、多岐にわたる。

“Ikarashi_01"

実験から生まれるデザイン

大学在学中に様々な素材に触れる中、ガラスは他の工芸に比べて歴史が浅く、まだまだ新しいことができる可能性がある素材だと知った。単純に面白そうと惹かれたのもあったが、人がやっていない新しい表現を探求できる余地に魅力を感じ、ガラスを志した。もともと体質的に実験することが好きという五十嵐、ガラスを使って、どうすれば新しい表情を出せるか、形や焼成の温度・時間を変えながら研究を重ねた。そうした実験の中で生まれた表情の中から、この表情はこの形に、この色にとアダプトしていくことで作品は生まれるという。作りたい形や用途ありきではなく、素材の表情からデザインを組み立てていく、というプロセスの観点でも、五十嵐は特異な作家だと言えるかもしれない。

“Ikarashi_02"

形のないものを形に

丸や四角、楕円といった幾何形体からなる五十嵐の作品は、ほとんどが用途を持たないアートピースだ。作品のインスピレーションは、日常の中で目にした空の色や、故郷の新潟の、冬の冷えた空気、真っ白な雪景色など、景色から取り入れることが多い。自分の生きて来た中で出会った美しい風景やその時に生まれた感情など、形のないものを形に落とし込むことは、制作全体のテーマとしていえることだという。同じものを作るのは飽きてしまうので、世の中にひとつしかないものを作り続けていきたいと語る五十嵐。湧き出るアイデアと、無限に生まれる素材の表情、色、形の組み合わせで、私たちにガラスの新しい可能性を見せてくれるにちがいない。

“Ikarashi_03"
1993
新潟県生まれ
2016
武蔵野美術大学工芸工業デザイン学科ガラス専攻卒業
現在は金沢で制作中

The profound possibilities of glass instilled in art pieces

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A style that mixes a diverse array of techniques

Ikarashi is a glass artist who is recognized for her distinct and unparalleled style of production. Glass production can broadly be classified into two main methods –“glassblowing,” a glassforming technique that involves inflating molten glass into a bubble (or parison) with the aid of a blowpipe, and “kiln work” that entails melting powdered or sheet glass and molding them into various shapes using plaster molds. While most artists usually concentrate on either of these techniques, or employ different techniques depending on the work, Ikarashi is a unique artist who creates single works through using both of these techniques in combination. Ikarashi’s artistic expressions that bring together various techniques part by part are truly eclectic and diverse, from a square box-shaped object in which gradations of red, yellow, and black melt into translucent glass reminiscent of rock sugar, to an arched object that appears like an iceberg enclosing crystalline blue-green tones within opalescence. Also comprising her oeuvre are curiously fascinating works in objects are adorned with a mesh-like object made by linking together a series of small ring-shaped pieces of glass.

“Ikarashi_01"

Designs born from experimentation

While coming into contact with various materials during her time at university, Ikarashi learned that glass has a short history compared to other crafts, and was a material still replete with the potential to do new things. She had decided to pursue glassmaking not only due to simply expressing an interest in it, but also because she had been attracted by the scope to explore new and unprecedented means of expression. Ikarashi, who by nature liked to explore and experiment, engaged in repeated studies on how to create new appearances and impressions using glass by changing its shape as well as the temperature and time of firing. Ikarashi describes her works as being conceived by adapting the expressions born through these experiments to respective forms and colors. Ikarashi could also be considered a distinct artist in terms of the process she employs, whereby she devise the design of her works from the nature and expressions of the material, rather than by means of their use and application, or according to the forms she wishes to create.

“Ikarashi_02"

Giving form to the intangible

Ikarashi's works, which consist of geometric shapes such as circles, squares, and ovals, are mostly art pieces with no designated purpose. She often derives the inspiration for her work from scenery, like the colors of the sky that she observes within her everyday life, as well as the cold winter air and pristinely white snowy landscapes of her hometown of Niigata. The overall theme of Ikarashi’s practice is to give form to the intangible, such as the beautiful scenes she encountered in her life and the emotions experienced in these moments. She herself expresses a desire to continue creating things that are unique and one of a kind, as she tires and grows bored of making the same thing. Through her ideas that keep springing forth, and the combination of expressions, colors, and shapes of the materials that are infinitely born, Ikarashi indeed presents us with new and refreshing possibilities of glass.

“Ikarashi_03"
1993
Born in Niigata Prefecture
2016
Graduated from Glass Course, Department of Industrial, Interior and Craft Design, Musashino Art University (MAU)
Currently lives and works in Kanazawa