Proof of Beauty. In Conversation with Shinji Nakaba

Published: 01.01.2019
Shinji Nakaba. Brooch: Pearl Finger, 2023. Carved pearl, stainless steel, gold.. 2 x 5 x 2 cm. Photo by: Shinji Nakaba. Shinji Nakaba
Brooch: Pearl Finger, 2023
Carved pearl, stainless steel, gold.
2 x 5 x 2 cm
Photo by: Shinji Nakaba
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On a chilly and rainy afternoon in November, I visited the studio-cum-house of Shinji Nakaba, the jewellery artist. He and his wife, Noriko, sat together at a kitchen table and we started our conversation. Among the questions I had prepared, the one I really wanted to ask was, what does it mean to be an artist in an uncertain time such as now? Certain kinds of things need to be retold again and again at different times and in different places and I believe that Shinji’s answer to this question is certainly one of them.