Capsule in Bush
Billboard by Mami Takahashi
September and October 2016
This photograph, part of the Capsule series, sees the artist tucked within a bush, behind the crinkly reflective surface of a small capsule made of mirror film. Her body, largely obscured save for her hands, which poke out from the bottom of the capsule and serve as a stabilizing force, is removed from the sidewalk traffic, retreating into the bush. For Takahashi, this gesture serves as a defensive mechanism in the context of reacting to a culture foreign to her own, one which facilitates feelings of invisibility within it. Yet, her choice to be invisible here is a form of agency; when the invisible can be seen, a space for renegotiating those terms is created.
Mami Takahashi received her MFA in Contemporary Studio Practice from Portland State University in 2013. She earned a BFA in Japanese painting from Joshibi University of Art and Design (Japan) where she was awarded a prize for her thesis work. Takahashi also obtained an Associate of Fine Art in Aesthetics from Aoyama-gakuin Women’s College (Japan). Her works has been collected and exhibited internationally.