Oceans Formed: Glass Works by Midori Tsukada

To the Forest, Wind and Ocean Depths

 Shoko Aono

 When I first saw works by Midori Tsukada, my immediate impressions were of the forest, the wind, and the sea.  The refreshing scent of the new leaves experienced when walking through the forest.  A form resembling the draping aurora becomes light and stretches freely up into the skies.   An organic chaos spreads across the surface of the glass and we feel drawn into the depths of a deep, blue sea.  It presents a primitive world that we feel we may or may not have seen before.    

When creating her works Midori Tsukada starts by laying copper, silver, gold or other metallic foils on top of a sheet of glass welding them to the surface, various colors and textures being created through chemical reactions within the kiln.  Like ceramic glazes, they are free of the artificial control and are the result of an entirely natural mechanism.  Midori Tsukada takes the shapes resulting from a dialog with gravity during numerous firings, then cuts, shaves and polishes them, delicately weaving multiple strata of color.  

It is said that life first appeared on Earth as a result of the complicated intermeshing of numerous different elements within the water.  Looking at Tsukada’s glass, we are able to visualize just how this must have appeared.  The tension and bounty that exists in the moment of birth.  The order and capriciousness of the universe.  If we strain our ears we can hear the nostalgic sound of the ocean depths.