Breaking the Silence
Inspired by Takizawa's personal experience with caring for someone who is suicidal, a video of this installation was created in attempt to open up dialogues regarding this subject matter.
This site-specific installation was created at STARworks Glass Lab in Star, NC. The installation included water system that sprinkled droplets of water into hundreds of off-centered clear glass vessels that eventually tipped over and fell.
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, 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.