All About the DOG Sculpture Installation and Akane Takayama

Monday, 23 November 2009

Akane Takayama, some background.

Akane Takayama has been delivering top quality art and sculptures for more than 25 years now.
There is something about her art which draws the audience into a world which fascinates as much as it challenges. The detail at small scale in her work provides for a reality that somehow seems beyond our own world. This counter reality is always set within a form or shape which whilst appearing to be natural in form on further examination is actually nothing more than a construction of perspectives which seductively play on our imagination.

"Evolution" (2005) by Akane Takayama

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Video Courtesy of Artists for Human Rights

Evolution expresses the distance between the primal rock of the earth and our ability to
communicate far beyond our own immediate environment. This distance between the
physical and the intellectual spaces is as vast and lonely as the deepest space.

Takayama's work carries the idea of juxtaposition, a dynamic between shapes, materials and construct which brings seemingly implausible connections together. The inspiration for her work comes from her identity of a person from one culture who has settled, lived and worked in another culture. As she has said, "If you leave the land and place of your birth to live in a culture that is alien to you then there has to be something wrong in your relationship with your cultural homeland."

This sense of 'something wrong' whispers constantly in Takayama's work. Her sculptures are possessed of clean precise lines which flow through the form with stunning precision. She places the incongruous into a harmonic partnership which is contained and made credible by the disciplined perspectives she always maintains. The questions which naturally spring from seeing her work are compelling however, when presented with the sculptures themselves, the viewer becomes drawn into a world of colour painted in a pallette made vibrant by the shadows created in the shapes.

Akane Takayama

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