" Layers of colors are the fundamental essence of nature's beauty no words can explain. Preserving those fragile memories under glass is my way of appreciating life in the art form of glass mosaic. "
Chieko Shimizu is an abstract glass mosaic artist living and working in Santa Clara, California. Her will to create was strongly influenced by her mother who pursued tailoring, quilting and many other forms of handicraft. After working at an art gallery in Tokyo, Japan, Chieko aspired to define and create an original style by first studying different techniques from ceramics and painting to jewelry-making. Her first experience with mosaic, at a local artist's studio in Los Altos, opened her eyes with delight. She has since experimented with this art form in various ways, which led to the creation of her unique style -- "Glass Mosaic". This new technique of combining abstract painting and glass mosaics became her original way of expressing and transforming all her inspirations into art.
Appreciating nature is my strongest motivation for creating art. Growing up in Japan, I've learned to embrace the transition of colors in all seasons. The soft pink of spring cherry blossom, fresh green leaves of summer, bright orange from the autumn maples and beautiful white snow in the winter. Layers of colors on the panel represent the fundamental essence of nature's beauty I've experienced all around the world. In order to interpret those fragile memories, crushed glass is added to create reflections of lights along with grout to run as a bloodstream of my artwork. This art form of "Glass Mosaic" has taught me to treasure the small miracles in nature that we might overlook easily by getting caught up in daily lives. Every precious encounter with nature is preserved under glass forever for me and you to step back and remember to be thankful.
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Renegade Craft Virtual Fair '20 (May 1-2)
- Renegade Craft Portal Site - Live Streaming -
Earth Garden '19 (Oct 26-27)
- Yoyogi Park, Tokyo, Japan
Silicon Valley Open Studios '19 (May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19)
- Belmont, Sunnyvale, Saratoga CA
Olive Hyde Art Gallery '18 (Nov. 30 - Dec.2)
- Fremont, CA