Chieko Shimizu Fujioka

Chieko Shimizu Fujioka

About The Artist

Chieko Shimizu •

Constantly exploring the interplay of light and color, Chieko Shimizu, a glass mosaic artist, endeavors to create pieces that capture the intricate beauty and complexity of the natural world. Growing up in Japan, Shimizu has acquired a profound admiration for the transitional seasonal colors, along with the gradation of lights that produce a splendid filter of the environment around her. Glass mosaic art is an exceptional form of artistic expression that melds elements of both abstract painting and traditional mosaic art. By meticulously layering diverse colors then preserving them underneath shattered glass, Shimizu is capable of depicting the transience and evanescent nature of light, resulting in artworks that are both aesthetically pleasing and deeply calming. Her artistic expression celebrates the transformative power of light and color, imbuing in viewers an appreciation for the intricate nuances and subtle complexities that can be discovered in even the simplest of surroundings.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Glass mosaic art is an art form of both abstract painting and traditional mosaic art. I paint the substrate with colors inspired by nature, then attach broken pieces of glass the a puzzle. After it is dry, grout is applied to fill the gaps. Many layers of colors are applied to create depth with the reflection of glass so the viewers can immerse themselves in that moment.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Traditional stained glass mosaic was never enough for me to express what I feel when I'm surrounded by nature. The world and the colors were much more sophisticated yet simple. I am preserving the colors underneath the glass because it creates a foggy look on the surface like you're looking into a dream. The outcome of the look is very soothing, calming and lights shimmer inside which captivates me every time I look at it.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

The fact that I can not predict the outcome until the work is done. Even after 5 years of professional practice, glass mosaic is a combination of completely different processes. Paint, glass attachment, grouting, and final touch. It is the balance of each step that makes good work great. Sometimes I can control myself based on past experience, but a lot of times, it is by luck.