Japanese artist shows work resulting from Caetani residency

Kazuko Kizawa presents her photography and an art installation at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. - photo submitted
Kazuko Kizawa presents her photography and an art installation at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.
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Visiting artist Kazuko Kizawa is presenting her visual art exhibition at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

Kizawa is a contemporary visual artist from Japan visiting Vernon as part of the Caetani Cultural Centre’s artist-in-residence program.

The artist will show both a video installation and photography in the exhibition, which is based on colour and light inspired by local lakes and creeks.

“I would like to take advantage of the Allan Brooks Nature Centre’s location, overlooking the three lakes, to incorporate site specific elements into the exhibition,” said Kizawa.

As a contemporary visual artist, Kizawa’s work is in variety of media such as installation, video, photo, painting and 3D. Her consistent theme is colour and light.

Graduating from Tama University of Arts with a master’s in art in 1999, Kizawa was awarded a contemporary art award judge’s prize at the Made in Kawasaki event in Japan and also received the Asahi Newspaper Cultural Foundation Grants Award.

Kizawa has an affinity for Canada and has held previous artist in residencies in the Yukon in 2006, where she returned to in 2008. She was awarded artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2002 and 2009, and her work has been exhibited in Japan, North America, Europe and Oceania.

While in Vernon, Kizawa has been living at the Caetani Cultural Centre in the Sveva Caetani suite, with the studio being provided by the Allan Brooks Nature Centre.

She has been working in the Greater Vernon community and at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre, with excursions to wilderness areas and the area’s numerous lakes.

The public can meet Kizawa and see her resulting work at an opening presentation in the Habitat room at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre Saturday at noon.

The video installation and photo exhibit take place in the second floor studio loft and first floor classroom, respectively.

The work will be up for viewing Saturday, Monday and Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. The Allan Brooks Nature Centre is located at 250 Allan Brooks Way off Mission Road in the Commonage.


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