Crystal of Afterimage- glass art by Mafune Gonjo

Nothing in this world can last forever, everything is changeable and fleeting. The sense of pain lurks in every lovely thing. It is not easy to understand even ourselves and we struggle in ambiguity.

While walking from nowhere to nowhere, it always gives me energy and relief to meet with something new and nostalgic at the same time. It can be a landscape, ruins and old weathered buildings or a work of art. Through my art, I aim to create a space in which viewers experience this feeling-encountering something in between memory, afterimage, the unknown and the future.

I often work with fragments of smashed glass. For me glass is a multi-faceted material; it is sharp and fragile, beautiful and painful, hot and cold during the process. It shows different reflections and shadows depending on the light.

In recent years, I have worked a lot on projects involving women’s clothes such as dresses, shoes and lingerie made of sheets of fragmented glass. What we choose to wear tells a lot about ourselves, our situation and our attitude towards life. Creating those works using glass which has both strength and fragility is like contemplating the paradoxes and struggle in ourselves.

Besides those sculptures, I also work with abstract installations using transparent material to create a space which is affected by changes of light, reflection and shadow. Basically I see the world as changeable and unstable and characteristics of those materials, showing different aspects and effects depending on light, lend themselves well to work within these themes. http://www.mafunegonjo.com/index.php/cv , https://www.facebook.com/mafune.gonjo

A Sweet Trap.

A Sweet Trap.

A Sweet Trap. (on the body)

A Sweet Trap. (on the body)

Silent Bravery.

Silent Bravery.

Tough Girl.

Tough Girl.

Dance of a Poetry.

Dance of a Poetry.

Doze of a City.

Doze of a City.

Doze of a City.

Doze of a City.

Repose of a Forest.

Repose of a Forest.

Reconstruction of the Shadow.

Reconstruction of the Shadow.

Reconstruction of the Shadow (detail)

Reconstruction of the Shadow (detail)

Translucent Solitude.

Translucent Solitude.

From nowhere to nowhere.

From nowhere to nowhere.

All photos are from artist’s website: http://mafunegonjo.com/