Theobroma – favorite food of gods II
Chisato Yasui, b. 1984
Center : 48 cm x 32 cm x 50cm
Chisato Yasui is a ceramic and mixed media artist. She graduated with an MA in Art and Design from the University of Tsukuba in 2010 and currently lives in Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki where she continues to create her work while raising three children together with her husband.
Yasui’s aim is to visualise the things we usually cannot see such as “harmony” & “relationships” by making viewers conscious of them through her work. She thinks art work can exist like a groundwater vein to connect various things. For example, connecting everyday to extraordinary, oneself to others, subconscious to conscious. She wants her work to function in this way.
In the artist’s own words;
“The subject of my creation is unseen changes of my feelings.The Heart seems to be chaotic but I feel it is very rational and clever and that it has a simple and beautiful structure, as like the nature. I feel sympathy for natural phenomenon, for example, when I see clouds which floating and continuing to change its shape in the sky, traces of the wind which blowing in the rice fields, bonfire which swaying in the dark of the night… My intuition whispers that it has the property of being analogous to something, which is flowing in me without a pause, like as a stream. In the ceramic process, we find out shapes through the changes of the material, from clay to ceramics. To me, the process is like a ‘mathematical formula’. I hope I will find out a principal which always exists in common in both we- human and nature while I am trying to capture my changing feelings with ceramics”
I work with ceramic because it is a material that allows me to maintain my flexibility to follow my instincts as I create. When I go to my studio, I consciously allow space between myself and society, and when I interact with clay, I am able to follow my intuition, feel the world at will, and also open my senses to the “not-yet-identified contexts”.
In the process of “coil forming” (hand building) which is a method of forming ceramics, it is possible to shift the axis of a form during the creation process, to cut and separate a form into two or three or more, to combine completely different forms, and to reverse top to bottom, and flip left and right. The technique of “coil forming” goes well with the “intuition” and “spontaneity” that need when endeavor to discover the “not-yet-identified context”.