The central theme of my art is the striving for a unification of objective and subjective phenomena, as in Zen Buddhism. This approach reflects my experience since my childhood in Japan.
Such a unification is a familiar and significant topic for artists with backgrounds in Eastern Culture. The artists themselves are the subjective component, while the various materials they employ are the objective one.
This type of subtle fusion of the subjective and the objective is largely foreign to Western Art.
I now use molten glass, gold and platinum foil in my artwork. Rather than subjecting them to my will and aesthetic vision, I allow the materials to work by themselves and find their own unique and interesting expression. During the creation of a piece, I imagine myself on the plane of the materials, as an equal to them. I recognize and accept the nature of the materials, which results in spontaneously changing patterns of melted gold or platinum foil on highly heated molten glass.
The concept of “compassion” in Buddhism entails no discrimination between human beings and other living creatures or even inanimate objects. There is no conquering of others or domination of nature, but instead, a harmonizing with all things.
It is my hope that my piece will inspire in the viewer a reconsideration of what human beings have been on Earth and what they should be in the future.
Fumio Ren Adachi