b. 1985, Nagano, Japan

Being one of the most prominent young Japanese artists, Cozue Takagi stands out for her provocative imagery and rich visual density of her works. Her method is to scan a group of negatives photographed on film and to convert the monochrome images into colored ones. The images are then digitally mixed as collages. Takagi won the 35th Kimura Ihei Memorial Photography Award this year with her most recognized ground series.

About split and grain

Takagi’s split and grain series at the exhibition are both derived from her signature ground series, a diptych that represents the artist’s state of mind in confronting, discovering and understanding the world. She made the split series by dividing each of the 2 images of ground into 9 separate pieces of image; in the grain series, Takagi took a further step in the process of decomposition, which results in a collection of images of single elements.
Exhibition details of "Fragmented Emotions" (5.11 – 9.12.2010)

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