KAZUKI TAKIZAWA

Los Angeles, California

Kazuki graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with High Honors in 2010. He has since worked and taught at various glass educational facilities including Pilchuck Glass School, First City Art Center, and Public Glass. For the past decade, Takizawa has been making work in glass to speak about his personal experiences with mental illness. He has traveled to numerous communities in and outside the US such as Tokyo Glass Art Institute, Columbus College of Art and Design and University of Southern California to speak about his work and his experiences with mental illness.

A significant part of Kazuki’s work is inspired by his experiences with people who have mental illnesses. Through his body of work, he reflect on topics that are still considered taboo in this world today such as suicide, mental disorders, and depression. This public health issue can be improved by simply having more people talk about it and growing a compassionate heart.

One objective of Kazuki’s journey as an artist is to produce visual cues for people to better understand mental disorders. A significant portion of his work is influenced by the texture and shape of shells, as well as its connotation of protectiveness, privacy, and individuality. Having first hand experience with bipolar disorder, the ups and the downs are part of who he is. The harmonization of the radically different, such as, violence and meditation, spontaneity and meticulousness, and destruction and repair is found in the process, as well as the result of his work.