‘Playing Cards in K.T.’s House 1’ was first exhibited in Kei Takemura’s 2020 solo show ‘Which leaf is falling?‘. Takemura adapts the Japanese kintsugi technique of repairing dishes with lacquer and golden foil by using layers of diaphanous cloth and silk thread instead. In this way, she pays tribute to lost places and forgotten objects. In this work, she juxtaposes images of her parents house under renovation and images of how their furniture was arranged before this time. A beautifully-sewn echo of their green armchair seems to lift out of the images, embroidered onto the top layer of translucent cloth. She also includes the designs of playing cards as one of her core motifs, veiled so that clubs hover over hearts. These come from her collection of playing cards from across the world, including from Germany, France and America, and form part of her continued endeavour to tie together different times and places.
Takemura first exhibited in Australia as part of the 15th Biennale of Sydney in 2006 and has continued to strengthen her international presence through major exhibitions, biennales and workshops. This includes solo shows across Europe and Asia, notably in Berlin, Tokyo, Singapore and Zurich. In 2020, Takemura will be exhibiting at Maitland Regional Art Gallery, the Parkview Museum in Singapore, Ichihara Art x Mix in Japan, and the Yokohama Triennale.