‘Crossing the Pacific Ocean’

Hiromi Takizawa

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Takizawa’s work is displayed through Jan. 15 at Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 714-567-7233, grandcentralartcenter.com. 

While taking a glass-blowing class at Santa Ana College, Takizawa discovered her medium of choice. The artist—who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Cal State Fullerton, plus an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University—is fascinated by the visual phenomena that occur when light is reflected on or refracted through glass. 

For this installation, Takizawa made about 700 bubbles in her glass-blowing studio, then cut them into half-spheres and polished them. She suspended blue neon tubes shaped like an airplane above the glass to catch the reflection on the spheres’ surfaces. 

Takizawa’s work explores her Japanese heritage. “It often springs from my daily encounters with the subtle nuances and observable oddities of living in the West. These experiences have added to my sense of identity.” In this piece, all the airplanes face west except one bubble where the reflection points east—“the direction of my memories of home.”

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This article originally appeared in the January 2012 issue.

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