Well-known Itoshima artist-run gallery, studio and residency programme Studio Kura will host an exhibition this coming weekend featuring the work of six international artists currently working at the space. The artists come from Singapore, Canada, Indonesia, South Korea, and the United States.
The following outlines the six artists and their work.
Nadia Oh Sueh Peng, Singapore: “The Butterfly and The Crab”
Exhibition style: Watercolour painting
Nadia Oh Sueh Peng is a visual artist based in Singapore. She depicts a date with the butterfly and the crab with lovely colors and delicate brushwork. Feeling the beauty of nature, she is inspired to have a balanced and harmonious lifestyle by looking around and being a part of this local area.
Elisabeth Belliveau, Canada: “Itoshima Still Life”
Exhibition style: Stop-motion Animation / Time Lapse Video
A Canadian artist and author of four graphic novels, Elisabeth Belliveau seeks to capture moments of transformation and material narratives, inspired by the art history and tradition of still-life painting. Using stop-motion animation techniques, flowers and found objects collected from the Itoshima area are brought to life.
Labdo Grahito, Indonesia: “For the Sake of Sanity”
Exhibition style: Illustration
Dionysius Hatmaji or Labdo Grahito as his artist name is a student/visual artist based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, currently a liberal arts college student in the United States.
The exhibition will share some fragments from Anoman, one of his favorite wayang (the Javanese shadow puppet) tales, as well as series of illustration about his contemplation and thoughts and what he got during his stay in Japan, especially from Itoshima.
Sa Youngin (사영인), South Korea: “A FLOWER CITED FROM FAR AWAY 遠くから引用されてきた花”
Exhibition style: Digital Installation
Sa Youngin is working in the area of installation integrating sculpture with media devices. She is based in South Korea and the United States. ‘A Flower cited from far away’ investigates how strategy is disguised as aesthetic and intends to uncover the symbol which inhabits shifted meaning from political context and influencing the perception of the society.
Eun-Kyung Suh, South Korea: “In Between”
Exhibition style: Sculpture
Korean-born artist Eun-Kyung Suh has been investigating the diasporic experiences of immigrants, transracial adoptees and refugees, highlighting their fragmentary lives that resulted from involuntary or voluntary displacement. For this exhibition, she investigates individuals’ fragmentary and fluid identity when exposed to a new environment that is not his/ her homeland or residential country.
Ebony Ibrahim, United States: “Connected”
Exhibition style: Animation and Illustration
Studying 3D animation at Pratt Institute in New York, Ebony Ibrahim works in animation and multimedia art. At her exhibit, she aims to show the balances and connections that she noticed people’s balanced lifestyles and social connections during her visit to Japan.