Carlier Makigawa


Artist statement

This is the first work Carlier Makigawa has made since the death of her husband Akio. In the intervening years since his death, she has been engaged in her last labour of love for him, completing his unfinished sculptural projects and administering his complex estate.

These works, then, are a new beginning for her, a beginning both optimistic and hard won, coming as it does from the experience of grief and loss. It emerges from a condition of rupture, of discontinuity between life as it once was and life as it is now. At the same time, such beginnings can be profoundly creative, since they are inevitably part of a process of remaking, of deciding what of our old life we bring with us and what must be left behind.

... In a recent conversation with Carlier, she reminded me of her belief that objects and places are invested with a kind of spirit, and of how the spaces between things had always fascinated her. The wire frameworks had always been as much about what was not there, as what was. In this sense, the relationship between inside and out, negative and positive, were always about more than a set of formal relationships: interior and exterior, presence and absence, the visible and the invisible, are all characteristics that are also freighted with a spiritual and emotional charge.

I thought about this when looking at the spareness of these objects, their material reticence and sombre monotonality. It struck me that their linear forms, so like three-dimensional drawings, can be read in two ways: as describing an absence, or as mapping something that is about to come into being.

If these works are about a new set of formal beginnings in Carlier’s practice, they might also be seen to describe emotional and psychological states.

Anne Brennan - 2005

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