Breaking the Silence, 2015 A Glass Installation Created to Increase Awareness on Suicide
Kazuki Takizawa, Japanese Glass Artist
Breaking the Silence is a site-specific glass installation created by Los Angeles based Japanese glass artist, Kazuki Takizawa. The installation was installed at STARworks Glass Lab in Star, North Carolina in 2015. The performance included water system that slowly sprinkled droplets of water into hundreds of off- centered glass vessels that eventually tipped over and fell. This installation was created to increase awareness on suicide.
As a person who is filled with many different emotions, most of my work is cathartic self- expression. In expressing my emotions, I seek to connect with others and evoke a sense of familiarity and fellowship.
A significant part of my work is inspired by my experiences with people who have mental illnesses.
Through my body of work, I reflect on topics that are still considered taboo in this world today such as suicide, mental disorders and depression. However, beauty of human emotion is almost always stressed. In the United States, suicide is the tenth leading cause of deaths, and its rate has been increasing in the past decade. This public health issue can be improved by simply having more people talk about it and growing a compassionate heart. One objective of my journey as an artist is to produce visual cues for people to better understand mental disorders.
Having first hand experience with bipolar disorder, the ups and the downs are part of who I am. 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 my work.
Kazuki Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with High Honors in 2010. He has taught at various glass educational facilities including Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass. For the past decade, Takizawa has been making work related to mental health and therapy. His most recent glass installation, Breaking the Silence was installed at STARworks Glass Lab in North Carolina to increase awareness on suicide. He creates vessels and sculptural objects in glass to reflect on topics that are still considered taboo in the world today. He has traveled to numerous universities in the country such as Columbus College of Art and Design and University of Southern California to speak about mental illness through his work.