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 “Girls in Dreams”

December 25, 2020-January 27, 2021

 

Young, beautiful and ambitious Chihiro Taki studied painting for five years in Florence after graduation from Tokyo University of the Arts. She returned back to Japan in the end of 2018 and “Girls in Dreams” is her first solo exhibition in Kyoto. Unfortunately under dramatic circumstances of Corona, the visits to the Gallery are limited to appointment. 

The exhibition is about herself and her dreams/fantasies. Taki recalls some experience from memory/sleep when she fantasizes and daydreams.  “Yesterday, I had a dream of crouching on a cat about 1 meter long. A pillow with fluffy, soft, warm and happy hair”.  Taki’s painting starts at this point. Dreams remind the artist of her desires that she didn’t realize or fears that she pretended not to see. Drawing such a “dream” is an important act to fight fear and digest feelings. What appears in the picture is her alter ego, which is worried about becoming an adult. Taki wants to remain a girl in her dreams today and dream is always an attempt to see the future. 

 

Basically Taki works in two different technics: tempera with oil or pencil with watercolor and gauche. The artist often works with gold or silver. Sometimes she makes a thick impasto like in “Memories About Summer” or tiny little golden dots as eyes in “Sleepless Night”. The attention to detail and nuances is crucial for creating fascinating and charming paintings that give a sense of reality in fantasy. 

 
Being Relived in Dreams

Being Relived in Dreams

2020 Gesso, oil paint, gold leaf, paper on wooden panel 27.5 x 22 cm

Napping

Napping

2020 Gesso, oil paint, gold leaf, paper on wooden panel 15 x 21 cm

A Girl's Growth to Adulthood

A Girl's Growth to Adulthood

2010 oil and gold on wooden panel 194 x 112 cm

The Annunciation

The Annunciation

2010 oil and gold on wooden panel 60.6 x 91cm

Diary of Dreams:Pool without Exit

Diary of Dreams:Pool without Exit

2020 Gesso, oil paint, gold leaf, paper on wooden panel 15 x 21 cm

Diary of Dreams: Tunnel

Diary of Dreams: Tunnel

2020 Gesso, oil paint, silver foil, paper on wooden panel 15 x 21 cm

Diary of Dreams: Fight with Balloons

Diary of Dreams: Fight with Balloons

2020 oil paint, paper on wooden panel 72.5 x 60.7 cm

Diary of Dreams: Pool

Diary of Dreams: Pool

2020 Gesso, oil paint, gold leaf, paper on wooden panel 15 x 21 cm

Diary of Dreams:Fall into space

Diary of Dreams:Fall into space

2020 Gesso, oil paint, gold leaf, paper on wooden panel 21 x 15 cm

Diary of Dreams: Place for Reborn and Change

Diary of Dreams: Place for Reborn and Change

2020 Gesso, oil paint, silver foil, paper on wooden panel 21 x 15cm

Sleepless Night

Sleepless Night

2020 Paper on panel, pencil, colored pencil, watercolor gouache, golden leaf 53 x 80 cm

Throbbing Dream

Throbbing Dream

2019 Paper, pencil, colored pencil, watercolor gouache 18 x 18 cm

Memories about summer

Memories about summer

2020 Paper on panel, pencil, colored pencil, watercolor gouache, golden leaf 80 x 65 cm

My Wether

My Wether

2020 Paper on panel, pencil, colored pencil, glass, watercolor gouache, golden leaf 15 x 21 cm

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek

2019 paper on panel, pencil, colored pencil, watercolor gouache 51.5 x 36.4 cm

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Chihiro Taki, "Between Dreams and Reality", 2018, hand drawn cartoon

 
 
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Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always remembered my dreams very well. Sometimes I’m not sure whether something happened in a dream, or in reality. The world of dreams is like the world of art, where I’m free to go places I’ve never been, swim through the skies, or anything else I choose.
I remember scary dreams especially well. It’s when I feel fear or pain that I find it even harder to look away. I feel that pain and pleasure are two sides of the same coin.
I enjoy the feeling of paralysis. 
I’m enamored with the invisible being I feel then. I’ve slept in a way that makes it easier for that “person” to come. I feel like I can rid myself bit by bit of this unrequited love for a person who I’ll never meet each time I draw. 
To me, the time I spend dreaming is just as important as the time I spend awake. By drawing the dreams that my heart and mind create, I’m able to love even the worst and most shameful parts of myself.

​Chihiro Taki