‘Renovated green light bulb’ exhibited in the 2017 group exhibition ‘Otherworlds’. Kei Takemura (b. 1975, Tokyo), lives and works in Berlin. Kei Takemura’s works are characterised by overlapping a layer of embroidered cloth on to a photograph or drawing. For the artist, the act of embroidery creates a state of being “tentative”; it transforms objects and places which no longer exist, and brings fragments of memory towards a tangible existence. In her “renovated series”, Takemura repairs broken objects using silk thread, transforming these “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”. – Kei Takemura
Kei Takemura explores the existence and memories of what has been lost in embroidered photographs and drawings. In her silk thread works, Takemura attempts to turn memory and time into works of art overlapping the past and the present. She both expands individual narratives about “now” and “then” with a special eye on Takasaki, Japan as a place.