ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
In celebration of The Fluxus House's 4th-year anniversary and in recognition of its role as a nurturing space for artistic exploration, we are thrilled to present "ストロベリー・ミルク Pepto Bismol," an exhibition that brings together the diverse artistic voices of BODHI, Jessie Katsukin Takamura, Junko Studeny, and Kimberly Gloria Choi. This exhibition is a testament to the power of art as a universal means of expression, transcending differences in style and medium.
Each artist has a unique voice, a distinctive way of engaging with the world, and a vision to share. Yet, just as Pepto Bismol soothes discomfort, these artists' creations provide a balm for the soul, offering perspectives and emotions that resonate with us all. Together, we mark this milestone in the vibrant journey of The Fluxus House, celebrating four years of artistic innovation and creativity.
ABOUT THE artworks
Felt, cotton, glass, UV resin
7.5 x 5.0 x 10.0 cm
ID (2023) portrays a girl with a panda ice cream mask surfing on a gigantic tulip against tri-coloured waves. The waves are actually the pompadour of a bear with the body of a merry-go-round. Based on the Freudian's theory of personality, the id is the primitive and instinctual part of the mind. As much aggressive desires and hidden memories the id contains, ID (2023) symbolises the continuous battle between one's logic with their basic urges.
Felt, cotton, glass, plastic
16.0 x 4.0 x 32.0 cm
eGO (2023) shows a girl with an extremely huge head. Donning a pink yukata does not tame her self-importance; her head was too huge! Being the only part of conscious personality, the ego influences what a person is aware of when they think about themselves and what they usually try to project toward others. The absence of ears embodies how one behaves when their ego grew out of proportion; they stop listening actively. eGO (2023) thus reminds us to regulate our self-esteem to avoid becoming too prideful.
Felt, cotton, glass, plastic
32.0 x 20.0 x 30.0 cm
SupereGO (2023) is a dollhouse made from felt. Its architectural structure was solely supported by two strands of wool. Cut them and the entire house would collapse. The furniture are scattered on the floor, walls and roof, among the floating glass castles and quirky deformed characters. According to Sigmund Freud's Iceberg theory, the superego is a part of the unconscious that is the voice of conscience and the source of self-criticism. SupereGO (2023) cautions us to strengthen our moral virtues, if not one would break down.
Felt, cotton, sequins
18.0 x 32.0 x 14.0 cm
AltereGO (2023) is a colourful, pastel-tone bear with an extra head on his head. He's wrapped with ribbons and sprinkled with sequins. There are flowers growing on his torso, head and legs. Many of us wear masks when we meet different people. Some constructed an alternate self to achieve a certain goal, such as playing a different career role or facing a different audience. No matter how different the alternate personality is from the actual person, one is still the self.
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 2.0cm 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.