TOUGEI-OKINAWA2012


 

 

「珊瑚たまごのつくり方」

粘土の小さな一片から珊瑚たまごを作る過程で、命が吹き込まれる。その行程は、意識がありかつ無意識の状態で行われる。意識と無意識の間を行き来する瞑想の流れのように、片方が欠けることはありえない。柔らかい土の感触が肌にふれる瞬間とその感触に集中して初めて、どこからともなく湧き出る思いや感覚を受け入れるために意識を開放することができる。私は伝導者となり、それらの思いは私から素材に、たまごに、ダイレクトに入っていく。

たまごを作るにはまず、完全な球を作る。手の平で球を転がしながら、ラジオがら流れ出る音楽に身を任せる。サイズがさまざまであるように、球の質自体も音楽の色々なリズムに作用される。はじめは冷たい球は、私の手のひらで転がされ形を成していくうちに次第に暖かくなる。球の中で何かが育ち、柔らかい光を放ち始めているかのように。

球の形ができ、ほんものの珊瑚を使って紋様を押すと、それは珊瑚たまごになる。たまごはひとつひとつ違う。その表面は変形し、形は崩れる。それでいて、それぞれのたまごには完璧な球が存在する。沖縄には「てーげー」ということばがある。それは、沖縄の人のいい意味での「抜き」を表す言葉であるように思われる。見ためには不完全でも、何か大切なものが中に隠れていることを暗示する、あたたかいことばだ。珊瑚たまごは、「てーげー」のシンボルである。(リサ)



THE PROCESS OF MAKING CORAL EGGS

Underneath the coral mushrooms coral eggs are spread out, like apples that have fallen from a tree. But other than apples they have all kinds of sizes and shapes and seem to hold a life of their own within. Their surface is not even like the skin of an apple or the shell of a bird's egg, but rough, vibrant and glowing.

During the process of the making of the coral eggs from little pieces of clay life is being breathed into them. It is a process that takes place in a state of consciousness and unconsciousness at the same time. One cannot be without the other, it is like the flow of meditation, where both streams of consciousness merge. Only by focusing on the moment and concentrating on the cool touch of the soft clay on my skin it is possible to let go, let my mind be open for thoughts and feelings that seem to come out of nowhere. I become a conductor for those thoughts and feelings. They go right through me into the material, into the egg.

In the beginning of each egg there is a perfect ball of clay. A perfect ball is hard to make, rolling it between the palms of my hands. It is a little bit easier when the egg is only as small as a pearl, but harder when the egg is bigger. While rolling the balls I follow the music that comes from the radio in Manabu's studio. As well as their sizes vary they are therefore also influenced by various rhythms. The clay feels cool at first, but warm at the very end, when I put the egg into the bowl to airdry. Rolling the balls I can feel how they are gradually getting warmer while taking their shape, as if something is growing from inside and softly starting to glow. 

When the balls have taken their shape they become coral eggs. With a round piece of coral natural patterns are imprinted on their surface. Each egg is different from one another. Their surface becomes altered and uneven and torn apart, their shape bruised - never changing the fact that there is a perfect ball within each egg. On Okinawa there is a word that describes the roughness of the people compared to the people living on the mainland of Japan: TEHGEH. It is a kind, warm word, describing the imperfection of outside apperance while at the same time there is something precious hidden inside. The coral eggs are a symbol of TEHGEH.(Lisa)