~アイスクリーム 2023~


"Happening in a private estate that will be demolished for new reconstruction, our tasty exhibition showcases a variety of delectable artworks that celebrate the colours of life and the many toppings that come along with it. Viewers, guests, organisers and artists have a chance to create graffiti on the walls and public installation. Performance artists explore resilience, endurance and duality of the human existence."

- ICE CREAM group, visit their page here

Here she created a new series of works she collectively titled 'Timepiece'.

ABOUT THE artworks

Timeframe (2023)

Felt, cotton, glass, UV resin

7.5 x 5.0 x 10.0 cm

Timeframe (2023) portrays a mermaid with taiyaki as her tail and ice cream as her hair and top. A sky castle floats on her chest with headless body dangling below the clouds. This sculpture symbolises how humans structure their day according to the man-made invention; the calendar.

timelapse (2023)

Felt, cotton, glass, plastic

16.0 x 4.0 x 32.0 cm

Timelapse (2023) consists of a banana split sky castle balancing on a wooden hourglass. Tiny bear, bunny and kitten resides in the castle and around the hourglass. This piece signifies how humans find ways to slow down time, not in the mathematical sense, but by improving productivity through innovation.

timeSTOP (2023)

Felt, cotton, glass, plastic

32.0 x 20.0 x 30.0 cm

Timestop (2023) shows an inverted three-scoop ice cream cone with a sea castle perched at the apex of the cone. Just as the nature of ice cream hurries us to work faster, the ever-increasing progress of technology questions if we have a choice in ordering our priorities to get what is needed done.

timeline (2023)

Felt, cotton, sequins

18.0 x 32.0 x 14.0 cm

Timeline (2023) positions three popsicles on a circular mirror in a way that has 2 angles of viewing. When placed flat on its base, it looks like a sun dial. On the other hand, when held upright, it looks like a clock. The artist made the base during a workshop led by the multidisciplinary artist Polina Korobova at Kult Gallery. This work challenges the limit of how one qualifies their timeline.

the opening party

guided tour

ABOUT THE artist

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 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. 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 titled ID