‘Renovated flame glass’ was first exhibited in Kei Takemura’s 2015 solo show ‘Hana no Iro’. Her works are often characterised by overlapping a layer of embroidered cloth onto a photograph, drawing or fractured object. For the artist, the act of embroidery is one of healing and creates a state of being “tentative”. It pays tribute to lost objects and forgotten places by bringing fragments of memory towards a tangible existence. In her ‘renovated’ series, Takemura repairs accidentally broken objects with silk thread in a way that echoes the method of kintsugi, transforming their “wounds” into objects of beauty.
“The remembrance of the tragic moment which cannot be reversed is not the main issue for me, much more important for me is that the plate is still treated with respect after this occasion by carefully veiling and embroidering the object. The cover out of the semi-transparent cloth gives the vessel a “frame” like a frame around a painting- it demarcates it from the outside world. The covering points out that the dish is no longer used for serving food and that the cover contains something that should be looked at. The seams with white shiny silk threads let the viewer recognise that it is not meant to be a present, which is supposed to be opened, but that this is a cover, which contains a tragic moment that must not be touched violently. The half transparent veil, which covers the vessel requires from the viewer to look attentively at what is inside the wrapping”.
Takemura first exhibited in Australia as part of the 15th Biennale of Sydney in 2006 and has continued to strengthen her international presence through major exhibitions, biennales and workshops. This includes solo shows across Europe and Asia, notably in Berlin, Tokyo, Singapore and Zurich. In 2020, Takemura will be exhibiting at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, the Parkview Museum in Singapore, Ichihara Art x Mix in Japan, and the Yokohama Triennale.