Approved: 16.08.2006

Tokuko Takeshita

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work deals with ideas of obsession, interactivity and site. The basis of art is an obsessive need to interact with the world. This has been true of art from its beginning in prehistoric cave drawing and ancient monuments. In my practice, I invite the viewer to touch the work, and to change the work by this action. The work changes over the time of its exhibition - what is encountered at the beginning

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    Biography

    My work deals with ideas of obsession, interactivity and site. The basis of art is an obsessive need to interact with the world. This has been true of art from its beginning in prehistoric cave drawing and ancient monuments. In my practice, I invite the viewer to touch the work, and to change the work by this action. The work changes over the time of its exhibition - what is encountered at the beginning is different from the final result. The viewer's interaction is a simply physical response - the act of peeling away, the deconstruction of what is presented. It is based on the obsessive, the subconscious action of picking at something, for example the unravelling of a knitted material. It is the intention that the viewer desires to touch the pieces obsessively when they look at the work in the site. In this way the viewer can engage with the work, using it to provoke memories. Each installation is conceived and produced for a specific place, and that this place is implicit in the meaning of the work. This does not tie the work to a single interpretation, the viewer is always free to interpret the work - to change it - from their own perspective.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training 2006 - MA Art and Space, Kingston University, Kingston 2005 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Solo exhibitions 2013 - Two distances from the sea (nature) , 306project, Ginza, Tokyo Group exhibitions 2012 - home-scape, Sekiikinenkan, Urawa,Saitama-ken 2006 - (auto)door2006, Kingston, Knights park, Kingston University 2005 - Auto-doors: Video Installation, Art Theatre, Nottingham 2005 - Auto-doors: Video Work, Cafe Gallery/Max 5, London 2005 - Hand made exhibition, commissioned by National Campaign for the Arts and Art at Carnaby, Neals Yard, Covent Garden, London 2005 - Obsession, Arkwright/Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham 2005 - Obsession's Obsession, Beacon Art Project, Lincoln 2004 - Collaboration: Dissemble-Dissassemble, Nottingham Castle Gallery and Museum, Nottingham Live/Performance 2006 - H project, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston