When light leaves, the visible is obscured. When position changes, a previous view is gone. When not paying attention, a moment is missed.

As I work with glass, I encounter diverse expressions of visible phenomena. These phenomena are everywhere in our daily lives, wherever light interacts with glass: windows, household objects, and fixtures. When a sunbeam enters a window, it is often scattered by small prisms. When a car passes at night, the texture of the window glass is projected on the wall, traces appear in the room, then disappear creating "trigger moments." My interest lies with these so-called "trigger moments" as they shift awareness within an instant as if suspended in a daydream.

Growing up in Japan, my concerns are cross-cultural. I have tried to preserve my original ways of seeing while learning to express myself in the language of Western art. I was trained as a glassblower and my initial interests in light began when I noticed how much it affects glass. Light and the perception of it are the dialogical bases for my work in glass.

These phenomena are incorporated in my installation pieces. Instead of making simple objects, which the audience observes from the "outside," I create situations that surround the audience and affect their senses directly and broadly. By means of exaggeration, amplification, distortion, and division, I seek to generate new perceptions. Viewers become part of the work as they interact with it and observe light. Glass is the net — with which I take the experience of light and share it with others. When I see the reflections of my pieces in my audience's eyes, the communication process is complete.

Kana Tanaka Resume