Glass artist, Kazuki Takizawa will visit our campus Thursday and give an artist talk in the Wood Reading Room at 12 pm. Please come and enjoy cookies and coffee while listening to his heartfelt, beautiful talk.
Thursday, March 23
Wood Reading Room Boyd Library
Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is currently completing his three-month artist residency at STARworks Glass Lab in Star, North Carolina. For the past decade, Takizawa has been creating work related to mental health and therapy. His most recent glass installation project, Breaking the Silence, was installed at STARworks Glass Lab in 2015 to increase awareness of suicide. He has traveled to numerous educational facilities such as Columbus College of Art and Design, San Francisco State University and University of Southern California to speak about his work as well as his personal experience as someone who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Takizawa uses glass and his art as a launching point to open up dialogues on these topics that are still considered taboo in the world today.
“As a person who is filled with many different emotions, most of my work is cathartic self-expression. In expressing my emotions, I seek to connect with others and evoke a sense of familiarity and fellowship.
A significant part of my work is inspired by my experiences with people who have mental illnesses. Through my body of work, I reflect on topics that are still considered taboo in this world today such as suicide, mental disorders, and depression. However, the beauty of human emotion is almost always stressed. In the United States, suicide is the tenth leading cause of deaths, and its rate has been increasing in the past decade. This public health issue can be improved by simply having more people talk about it and growing a compassionate heart.
One objective of my journey as an artist is to produce visual cues for people to better understand mental disorders. A significant portion of my work is influenced by the texture and shape of shells, as well as its connotation of protectiveness, privacy, and individuality.
Having first-hand experience with bipolar disorder, the ups and the downs are part of who I am. The harmonization of the radically different, such as violence and meditation, spontaneity and meticulousness, and destruction and repair is found in the process, as well as the result of my work.”