Kei Takemura‘s solo show ‘How Can it be Recovered?’ brings together delicately-embroidered fabric, broken objects, fluorescent thread, drawings and more at Maitland Regional Art Gallery. This solo show presents Takemura’s Renovated series, in which she transforms the ‘wounds’ of fractured objects. For the artist, the act of embroidery creates a state of being tentative; it transforms objects and places which no longer exist, and brings fragments of memory towards a tangible existence.
“The remembrance of the tragic moment which cannot be reversed is not the main issue for me, much more important for me is that the plate is still treated with respect after this occasion by carefully veiling and embroidering the object. The cover out of the semi-transparent cloth gives the vessel a ‘frame’, like a frame around a painting. It demarcates it from the outside world. The seams with white shiny silk threads let the viewer recognise that it is not meant to be a present, which is supposed to be opened, but that this is a cover, which contains a tragic moment that must not be touched violently.”
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