Utstilling

RE:HEN

Through the natural resource of clay, Takumi Morozumi assimilate the materiality and physicality to systemize his inner desire to locate and understand his identity. Takumi Morozumi is a 2nd year MFA candidate from the Arts and Crafts department.

The Japanese word 變/Hen, can be translated into English as strange, funny, odd, etc.
Combining 變/Hen with other words become
変化/Henka—Change
変身/Henshin—Transformation
変人/Henjin—Abnormal human
変節/Hensetsu— Change in the personal philosophy

The Japanese origin of my name Takumi translates literally to “Open Sea” (拓海). Being born in Japan and having had the opportunity to travel and live in multiple countries, I see myself as an earthling that explores and questions artistic possibilities through multiple perspectives. Utilizing materials such as ceramics, I hearken back to the Japanese origin in culture and tradition, which I remodify at a foreign land.

Clay’s role has been crucial to metaphorically exploit my abnormal growth as I adapt to a new life. My recent works draw influence from Neolithic Japanese ceramic pieces called Jomon pots and the phytobiology phenomenon called fasciation. Fasciation, also known as cresting, is a rare condition of abnormal growth in plants and possible causes occur because of the virus, fungal, bacterial, and environmental reasons. Through the physical modifications, the large-scaled ceramic sculptures that are grounded on the floor, mutate into gestural abstract shapes.

The exhibition will consist of these ceramic pieces that are created through my primitive physical actions such as pinching, slabbing, and torching. Through the natural resource of clay, I assimilate the materiality and physicality to systemize my inner desire to locate and understand my identity.

Takumi Morozumi was born in 1995 in Tokyo, Japan. He received his BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2019. In addition, Takumi studied industrial design at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China in 2017. He is currently a 2nd year MFA candidate from the Arts and Crafts department in Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway.

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