BIOGRAPHY | プロフィール
Katsukin Takamura is a contemporary Asian fibre artist who explores the human conditions through Surrealistic miniature sculptures that are sometimes combined with felt-textured portraits turned into mixed media collages. Influenced by Surrealist Rene Magritte, multidisciplinary pop artist Murakami Takashi, and micro sculptor Willard Wigan, she blends imaginary creatures with pop culture references to construct mini sculptures with huge presence.
Katsukin presents felt sculptures ranging from 0.5cm to 20cm in height. Her larger works combine with other materials such as glass bottles, ultraviolet resin, glitter, sequins, and other fabric types. In November 2021, she participated in 私の可愛いOO Vol. 2 group exhibition at Gallery IYN in Osaka, Japan, exhibiting her digital illustrations and handmade sculpture prints. In April 2022, she held her solo show 3 x 4 = 住に at Gallery IYN in Osaka, Japan, where she displayed her handmade sculpture prints. Her tiny figures were exhibited during 'Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Super Mini Thingy' miniature group show from 21st July - 6th August 2023 at Kult Studio & Gallery. From 4th to 27th October 2023, she participated in a group exhibition titled PEPTO BISMOL ストロベリーミルク to showcase her breakthrough series. Her 'Timepiece' series was showcase in ICE CREAM 2023 group show from 4th to 12th November 2023 along with 46 artists. Timestop (2023) was selected to be displayed at a Year End exhibition organised by Drawing Etc., along with 106 artists.
ARTIST STATEMENT | 芸術家の声明
I started making flat felt motifs in 2014, sewing facial features and gluing felt parts together using white glue. My two-dimensional motifs became three-dimensional as I experimented with my own templates and gluing fabric parts using epoxy glue.
By 2020, I replaced my gluing technique, sewing parts together to create moderately realistic felt figures that are two cm in height. This reduces exposure to toxins, especially important as I live with asthma.
Gradually, my felt sculptures became smaller, standing at 1 cm. From 2021 to 2022, I progressed to creating 0.5-cm miniatures, attaching parts together using fabric paint. I had to paint on such small surfaces using a needle, so I developed my own paintbrush by sticking a needle through the nozzle of a mechanical pencil.
During the second quarter of 2023, my artwork enlarged again. I began constructing surrealist sculptures by sewing 1 cm dolls and 2cm figurines together, combining other materials such as glass bottles, ultraviolet resin, glitter, sequins, and other fabric types. Current sculpture stands from 16cm to 50cm in height.
professional development | 専門能力開発
2023 - Praxis Center for Aesthetic Studies
2021 - The Perfect Proposal
2020 - Make Art That Sells
2020 - The Artist Entrepreneur