Originally posted on MAKE:

Transparent Exploration

By Arwen O’Reilly Griffith

Photos by Yoshisato Komaki

Mika Aoki’s glass-blown sculptures seem otherworldly, until you look more closely. Then you realize how very tied to this world they are: inspired by mold spores, viruses, plants, life, and death, the clear glass simultaneously makes abstract concepts concrete and vanishes before our very eyes. Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Aoki now lives in London, where she is learning English and studying at the Royal College of Art. (Don’t mistake her for a novice; she’s shown her work for years in Japan after studying art and glass blowing in Tokyo.)

Is she an artist or a scientist? Her resumé proves her chops as an artist, but she says, “My inspirations come from observations and conversations with scientists.” While creating new pieces, Aoki often visits labs to spark ideas, and dreams of collaborating with scientists on her next body of work. Her interest in things that can’t always be seen with the naked eye lends itself perfectly to glass. “Unless light shines on…

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