“What is the border between sacred and profane?”
With interests in religious symbolism and ethnology, Taki KITADA engages herself in this question through her paintings.
Taki KITADA explores how to interpret sacred and profane in the context of contemporary Japanese society. Her paintings often apply opposing stylistic and conceptual elements: modern and traditional, spiritual and materialistic, folklore and industrial, linear and solid. In her paintings, mythological characters and symbols coexist with industrial machinery in vivid color streams. Such chaotic views echo with today’s Japan, where materialism and technology has become cultural mainstream, while people are still keen to visit shrines and temples as entertainment and leisure. Through juxtaposing or even harmonizing contrary elements on visual imagery, Taki KITADA aims to see transformation of meaning in each element from where she stands.