"Sense of Wonder" in Chizuko Nishike's works -studio visit-

Whether it is a white walled gallery room, the surface of framed board, or just in a tiny little box, Chizuko Nishike transforms the space into timeless wonderland where you are invited to walk through to re-discover your own “sense of wonder” (Carson, 1956)*.  Once you step into her space, the fairy beings of her ceramic creation; deer, white polar bear, rabbit and panda, start talking to you silently with familiar smiles bringing back the mutual memories of playing together in imaginary world of childhood. “Many people tell me,” Chizuko said, “they feel very relaxed and become sleepy looking at my objects.” I told her I was just trying to stop my own yawning at that very moment!  It is interesting how I forget that I have come to see works of arts. Her style of exhibition is always very so friendly.  The space even holds a sort of healing effects similar to which soothing nightcap drinks or dreamy bed time stories may bring us.  Hope you can feel it from the pictures I took.

Series of animal puppets on the wall.  Chizuko combines different media to her ceramic objects.

Chizuko  is a ceramic objects artist as so she describes herself.  Brought up closely with her grandmother who was always making something by her own hands, Chizuko too very naturally started to make things of her own at young age.  Sawing, cooking, and knitting for her everyday joy and for simple living nurtured the foundation of her style of craftsmanship. 

Left: props awaiting to be in use at future exhibitions. 
Right: black bear doll personally crafted by Chizuko welcomes visitors at studio 

Left:ceramic elephant buttons pinned into a house object.  Right: colored fruits and vegetable in glass bins.

As a little girl she loved reading European fairy tale stories of princess and prince depicted with mysterious woods and castles as their surroundings. The phase of fairy world journey may have whispered secrets to her mind so that she could keep accompanying her fairy-mates close even after she grows up. In her private studio, I asked Chizuko my last question of interview: “What is your most favorite fairy tale story?” She smiled and answered, “Sleeping Beauty.”

Carson, L., Rachel (1907-1964).USA
Originally written as an essay for Woman’s Home Companion (1956) magazine titled as ”Helping your child to wonder,” Carson proposed that we were born intuitive to  discover and communicate with magic and beauty in nature.  According to Carson “the lasting pleasures of contact with the natural world are not reserved for scientists but are available to anyone who will place himself under the influence of earth, sea, and sky, and their amazing life.”  She also notes that “if a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.”
Reference Web Site: The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson




海洋生物学者として、作家として、また環境活動家として生きたレイチェル・カーソンが1956年に婦人雑誌に投稿したエッセイ「Healing Your Child to Wonder」が原文。人は生まれながらに自然の中の不思議や美を感じ取る直観(=Sense of  Wonder)を授かっていることを説いた。また、そんな感性は子供の頃に自然との関わりを積極的に体験することで磨かれること、大人が一緒にその時間を愉しむことでより深く育成されることを提唱した。
参考ウェブサイト:The Life and Legacy of Rachel Carson