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MUGI TAKEI

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July 25, 2019

 

Who are you?

My name is Mugi Takei. I was born in New York and raised in Japan. I currently live in Oakland, California with my husband and daughter. I make drawings, paintings, stop-motion animations, and prints. For most of my life my work was about womanhood, and either feeling connected to or longing for connection with oneself, with female ancestors, with other women, and with nature.

 

My work shifted after I had my daughter. I didn't make very much work or show at all for the first two years after she was born.  It was only last year that I started taking students at home and working on my own art again. Then I realized my vision was no longer the same. I feel different about everything. So, I might still be talking about similar subjects but my work definitely feels different. 




 

 

What are you working on at the moment?

I'm working on 2 larger acrylic paintings on paper of toddlers underwater and underground.
 

Who are your biggest influences in the industry?

My biggest influences of all time the Greek (Minoan) Art and the Medieval manuscripts. I always go back to them. It's hard for me to pick particular artists, but I love to see other artists' work and I am influenced by almost everything I see. 


With that said, lately I have been looking at the works of Fay Jones, Saya Moriyasu, Florine Stettheimer, Brian Cypher, Charles Burchfiel, and Milton Avery. 

 

What was the last thing that inspired you?

Spring in the bay area. I have been discovering new colors in flowers, plants, insects and water with my daughter. Everyday life is a constant source of inspiration for me. 

 

 

What do you like about Portfoliobox?

I used to build my website on my own and the updating process took much longer. I love Portfoliobox because it's very easy to upload images, change things around, and organize the contents of my website. I also love how my website looks good on both computer and mobile screens.

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