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In Between Light and Shadow | Public Sculptures by Kazuki Takizawa / KT Glassworks | STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise in Star
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In Between Light and Shadow - Public Sculptures

Featured In STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise, Star, NC

Installation at STARworks NC, in Star, North Carolina
1100 Blown Glass Shards, Steel Wire, Wood

Comprised of over 1100 paper-thin glass shards, this installation speaks to the importance of shedding light on things that are otherwise invisible. This work is a physical representation of what is in between one's darkness and the light at the end of the tunnel and is intended to create awareness around mental illness and suicide prevention.

In Between Light and Shadow was created and installed during Takizawa's artist residency at STARworks Glass Lab in Star, NC in 2017. The fragile glass shards react to the movement of the audience and the slightest shift in the air within the facility giving motion to the glass shards as well as the cascaded shadow on the wall.

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Kazuki Takizawa / KT Glassworks
Meet the Creator
Wescover creator since 2020
As an artist who lives with bipolar disorder, Kazuki Takizawa uses glass as a means to explore his inner reality and destigmatize mental illness. In an aim to give the invisible shape, Takizawa crafts elaborate vessels and installations, each with a unique story. Universally rooted in a dialogue around mental health, his series examines broad themes such as attaining minimalism among chaos as well as personal narratives around family, and his individual challenges. Takizawa has traveled to numerous communities in and outside the US to share his work and act as an advocate for mental illness. His practice offers an uncommon and inclusive space to increase awareness and start a conversation.

Takizawa is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a BFA in glass art in 2010 and currently owns and runs a glassblowing studio called KT Glassworks.