Mafune Gonjo

Happiness-white-1 tough-girl-web1 Doze-of-a-City-2

Repose-of-a-forest1 reconstruction-of-the-shadow03web

Work1 Title: A Sweet Trap. Year: 2014 Materials: glass, organdy ribbon Dimensions: H 80 W 50 D 6 Work2 Title: Tough Girl. Year: 2015 Materials: glass Dimensions: H 18 W 8.5 D 21 Work3 Title: Doze of a City. Year: 2014 Materials: glass, wire Dimensions: H 90 W 95 D 15 Work4 Title: Repose of a Forest. Year: 2014 Materials: glass Dimensions: H 210 W 45 D 45 Work5 Title: Reconstruction of the Shadow. Year: 2015 Materials: glass, nails, wood panel Dimensions: H 27 W 55 D 6


Nothing in this world can last forever, everything is changeable and fleeting. The sense of pain lurks in every lovely thing. It is not easy to understand even ourselves and we struggle in ambiguity.
While walking from nowhere to nowhere, it always gives me energy and relief to meet with something new and nostalgic at the same time. It can be a landscape, ruins and old weathered buildings or a work of art. Through my art, I aim to create a space in which viewers experience this feeling-encountering something in between memory, afterimage, the unknown and the future.
I often work with fragments of smashed glass. For me glass is a multi-faceted material; it is sharp and fragile, beautiful and painful, hot and cold during the process. It shows different reflections and shadows depending on the light.
In recent years, I have worked a lot on projects involving women’s clothes such as dresses, shoes and lingerie made of sheets of fragmented glass. What we choose to wear tells a lot about ourselves, our situation and our attitude towards life. Creating those works using glass which has both strength and fragility is like contemplating the paradoxes and struggle in ourselves.
Besides those sculptures, I also work with abstract installations using transparent material to create a space which is affected by changes of light, reflection and shadow. Basically I see the world as changeable and unstable and characteristics of those materials, showing different aspects and effects depending on light, lend themselves well  to work within these themes.


2010-2011 Project program (glass art) at Royal University College of Fine Art, Sweden
2008-2010 MFA Konstfack Ceramic and Glass department, Sweden
2004-2008 BFA Tama Art University in Japan Glass, Ceramic and Metal department

Solo Exhibitions:
2013 May Andetag av tystnad at Tyresö Slott Bistro&Salonger, Tyresö Sweden
2013 February Tension on the border, density in the air at Kaleido, Uppsala Sweden
2012 April Skuggor av tomhet at Biblioteketi Vara, Vara
2011 September  Athing is not one thing at Designarkivet, Nybro
2010 July  Beauty has a thorn at ShowKonstfack in Gallerian, Stockholm

Selected group Exhibitions:
2015 August International Glass Art Exhibition – Zwieseler Kölbl , Zwieseler GERMANY
2015 July Sanyoonoda Contemporary Glass Art Exhibition at Onoda Sun Park, Yamaguchi JAPAN
2015 March East West Artist Exchange Exhibition at KIDAILACK Art Hall, Tokyo JAPAN
2014 October Taos Art Glass Invitational at CopperMoon Gallery, New Mexico USA
2014 October East-West Art Award Competition at La Galleria, London UK
2014 May Slow Art at Svenska Institutet i Paris, France
2013 June Ankomst2012 at Konstnärshuset, Stockholm Sweden
2012 May-2013 February Slow Art at national museum, Stockholm Sweden
2010 November glasARTat at gallery studio L2, Stockholm Sweden
2010 September  Stanislav Libenský Award 2010 at Queen Anne’s Summer Palace, Prague
2010 September  Konstslöjdsalongen  at Arkitektur museet, Stockholm Sweden

National museum, Stockholm Sweden
Museum of American Glass, New Jersey USA

Prizes and Fellowships:
2015 IASPIS/Swedish Arts Grants Committee -Studio Residency in Stockholm
2015 IASPIS/Swedish Arts Grants Committee – International cultural exchange grant (March)
2014 IASPIS/Swedish Arts Grants Committee – International cultural exchange grant (October)
2014 Third prize in Suwa Garasunosato Prize in East-West Art Award Competition, UK
2014 Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship, USA
2010 Third prize in Stanislav Libenský Award