A scene is rendered onto negatives by photographing.
Negatives become images by scanning.
Images become paintings by painting.
Paintings become data by photographing.
Data becomes printing blocks by carving.
Printing blocks become wood prints by printing.
From what I hear, Franz Liszt’s symphonic poem, Les préludes is “the Preludes to death.” Les préludes tells us, according to comments left by Franz Liszt, life may be a series of preludes to an unknown Hymn originating from death, and it is said to be based on a passage from a poem composed by Alphons de Lamartine.
If death is a past event rather than a future one, and if one creates something new from the photographed scenes of the past, he or she would, while looking at death, take the opposite way toward the origin. Whatever things are born sequentially on a track of events, if one observes them from their current perspective which appears moment after moment, they might become “the Preludes to death”
An Exhibit by a Photographer without Photographs
TAKAGI creates her arts based on photographs taken by herself. For TAKAGI, photographs are not just objects, but acts to create art. This is her stance on photographs.
She shoots objects which interest her and makes digital collages out of the photos. Then, she spends considerable time asking herself why she did so.
In her new works, TAKAGI tries to reconstruct her creative process, going back and forth among three different places including “jitsu,” the tangible world, “kyo,” or notional entities like digital date, and “sen,” the spiritual world where objects and images are hidden. To create her original “handicrafts” from her photographs, she ventures on to painting and wood block printing.