Interview with Kazumi and Anne
"The gift between Tokyo and Berlin" vol.3
23. NOVEMBER 2017
23. NOVEMBER 2017
— Were you creative since you were young?
Kazumi : Definitely, as a child I was always making something, rather than speaking to other people. At my elementary school, the 5th period on a Friday was “playtime” for all students. So, you’d get told off if you just stayed and sat in the classroom. I used to look for a stone which I could scrape off of a brick that supported the basket goal; that was how I played. Sometimes I played football, but other than that I just made things.
— How did you become interested in sculpture?
Kazumi : I was never really interested in 2D, and I was attracted to presence of sculptures as an object. I’m especially influenced by Alberto Giacometti’s work I saw at Kanagawa Modern Art Gallery in Kamakura (it is now closed). Until then, I wasn’t very interested in his works since I thought most of them were large in scale. However, the works I saw there were bronze sculptures of human figures smaller than match sticks, presented on a base as thick as A4 paper. I can’t forget how shocked I was when I saw how small artworks could have such large presence.
Also, Alberto Giacometti had a younger brother called Diego, who was a PROFESSIONAL FURNITURE MAKER. He made bronze castings for his brother’s works. Most of his works are bronze, but are more like furniture. I emphasize a lot with his work style, something in-between sculpture and furniture, or daily life and fine art. I really like sculptures, but we don’t get a chance to interact with them very often. No matter how much you produce something, if it doesn’t come across the viewer it feels very lonely. But I saw Diego’s work and became very attracted; it stands between our everyday life and fine art. That is why I started making something that we’re able to use every day.
— Do you have any other artists you like?
Kazumi : I like Goro Kakei, an artist my friend told me when I was a student. He is about 80 but his work shows no sign of age. Most of his works are primitive and uses metal, but recently he uses wood and cardboard. I like his recent works more since they have more of a free atmosphere.
— I guess you like 3D works that can blend into the daily life. If these are categorized as sculptures, couldn’t your bags be sculptures too?
Kazumi : They might be. I think sculptures are very attractive since they have a very small boundary as to what materials you can use.
— Lastly, do you have anything you’d like to challenge?
Kazumi : I’d like to work with stone or casting. The perfect working style for me would be to make bags during spring and summer, and to make stone sculptures during the winter.
This is the last article of their interview and finally, they will hold a joint exhibition in Berlin from 25, Nov. They will talk about their story in the opening night from 19:00 at 24, Nov. Please visit the exhibition in this opportunity.
Corporation for shooting / RECTOHALL
Opened in 2012 in Ebisu, Tokyo. RECTOHALL offers clothing, leather products, antique furniture and ceramic which are authentic and contemporary. They are handling Kazumi’s bags since her early works.
Kazumi Takigawa was born in 1986, majored in Sculpture at Art university in Tokyo and started making the bags since 2012. Her works of art such as waxed canvas bags which dyed with tea and coffee were created in process of studying sculptural materials. The brand concept is “reproducing casual craft paper bags to long lasting material bags”.