Saturday, 27 August 2016

Draw me a story

Rabbit island, 2016

I'm part of this exciting group exhibition Draw me a Story at Blarney Books and Art - annual exhibition showcasing Australian children's picture book illustrations presented by Customs House Gallery. I'm showing some of the original illustrations from Following book I launched with Jeff Maser Booksellers at Melbourne Art Book Fair earlier this year and some etchings.
Artists include Gaye Chapman, Dinalie Dabarera, Sarag David, Sandra Eterovic, Daniella Germain, Elise Hurst, Kyoko Imazu, Alison Lester, Andrew McLean, Lucia Masciullo, Leila Rudge, Craig Smith, Tull Suwannakit, Owen Swan, Shaun tan, Rita Voutila 
Sweeping, 2016

Draw me a story
28 August - 2 October
Blarney Books and Art
37 James Street
Port Fairy
VIC Australia
Thursday - Sunday 11am - 4pm

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Shadow puppets with Richard Bradshaw


We've been learning shadow puppetry with the most wonderful and the delightful Richard Bradshaw at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.
I feel so fortunate to be able to learn from him and listen to him talk and watch him perform!
It's been so incredible - so much more than I can say in words.

First attempt at making shadow puppets..

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre's shadow puppet Wombat

 My shadow rabbit

My shadow monster...


Groupie photo with Richard...

Friday, 5 August 2016

Puppetry training at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre


I've been doing an intensive training program at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Fremantle,Western Australia. I have no background in performing arts or anything of this sort at all but have always had a dream of creating characters for puppet shows or working with shadow puppets with my paper-cut works. 

It's so difficult but I'm thoroughly enjoying every minute of this incredible program.
Next week, we'll have Richard Bradshaw, the master of shadow puppetry, to teach us his art!



Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Storytellers

Commune
Storytellers is my solo exhibition at Megalo Print Studio + Gallery in Canberra showcasing my prints and artist books. 
It's my first time showing in Canberra and I feel so honoured to have my works at Megalo - my dream studio that I've always wanted to visit. I hope to see you there on 7th July if you are in Canberra.

Saturdaty 2 - Saturday 23 July
Opening 7 July 6-8pm
With an opening speech by Mr Takashi Katae, Minister, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan

21 Wentworth Avenue
Kingston
ACT 2604

Storytellers' opening party is proudly supported by Asahi breweries




Monday, 13 June 2016

Kyoko Imazu & Damon Kowarsky: a retrospective


Printmaker Gallery is having a retrospective exhibition of some of my collaborative works with Damon Kowarsky from 2010 to 2015 from 16 June.

There is a collaborative drawing prize as part of the exhibition!
Printmaker Gallery invites you to create a collaborative drawing with a friend to win a $150 voucher!

Opening / private viewing is Thursday 16 June - all welcome!
I hope to see you if you are around.

Kyoko Imazu & Damon Kowarsky: a retrospective
16 June - 7 July
Opening / private viewing Thursday 16 June 6 - 8pm
Printmaker Gallery
227 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC Australia

Monday, 23 May 2016

Small Gathering - exhibition

Kokeshi
Small Gathering is a latest ceramic exhibition at Consulate-General of Japan in Melbourne.

Collection of small ceramic figurines shows worlds of creatures from my childhood memories and stories. This new medium has taken me an interesting direction from adapting 2D works into 3D representations since last year and I'm so excited to be showing these works for the first time in Melbourne after my two solo exhibitions in Hong Kong and New York last year.



work in progress ceramic busts







Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Melbourne Art Book Fair 2016

an illustration from Following, 2016

I'm launching a new book at Melbourne Art Book Fair starting Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May at National Gallery of Victoria with Jeff Maser Bookseller from Berkeley, CA.

I have been extremely fortunate to be working with Jeff, Andrea (Jeff Maser Bookseller) and unbelievably talented graphic designer Stephen Horsley at Propellant in London.

The book is called 'Following' and is a visual book (with a short intro) with only images to guide the story through. Story is based on my secret experience of seeing a little boy who followed me when I was a child.

Jeff, Andrea and Stephen did such a marvelous job designing this book - when I saw Stephen's mock-up design, it was one of the most exciting moment in my work.
My huge respect to graphic designers.

I'll be there at NGV with Jeff and Andrea and there is an exciting launch event on 1 May, 2:30-3:00!
We'll be displaying original artwork and we'll say a few words...
If you are free, please come and we can chat too!

29 April - 1 May
Free Entry
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne

1 May 2:30-3:00
Discussion space, NGV International
Display of original artworks and a little bit of speeches :)

an illustration from Following 2016




Monday, 11 April 2016

Mine, says the cat

Mine, says the cat, 2016

Mine, says the cat is one of the latest prints featuring a couple and giant cat.
Title of this print is the first line of Marge Piercy's poem 'The cat's song'.

Mine, says the cat, putting out his paw of darkness.
My lover, my friend, my slave, my toy, says
the cat making on your chest his gesture of drawing
milk from his mother’s forgotten breasts.


Let us walk in the woods, says the cat.
I’ll teach you to read the tabloid of scents,
to fade into shadow, wait like a trap, to hunt.
Now I lay this plump warm mouse on your mat.


You feed me, I try to feed you, we are friends,
says the cat, although I am more equal than you.
Can you leap twenty times the height of your body?
Can you run up and down trees? Jump between roofs?


Let us rub our bodies together and talk of touch.
My emotions are pure as salt crystals and as hard.
My lusts glow like my eyes. I sing to you in the mornings
walking round and round your bed and into your face.


Come I will teach you to dance as naturally
as falling asleep and waking and stretching long, long.
I speak greed with my paws and fear with my whiskers.
Envy lashes my tail. Love speaks me entire, a word


of fur. I will teach you to be still as an egg
and to slip like the ghost of wind through the grass.