Kyoko Imazu – Featured in Artist Profile

In News March 18, 2022

Kyoko Imazu  Three horned rhinoceros beetle (blue) 2022  stoneware  10.5 x 9 x 4.5 cm

We are delighted to share Artist Profile’s feature on Kyoko Imazu’s current solo exhibition, Hiding Spots.
Revelling at once in both pointed personality and dreamlike ambivalence, Kyoko Imazu’s media- and genre-hopping show, Hiding Spots, elides between the sensed and the imagined.
Often, characters from Imazu’s childhood in Japan are set within Australian or otherwise ambivalent landscapes: the artist’s work here is to modulate between times, places, and expressive registers with a grounding in remembered or sensed material. There is a certain kind of magic attending to this work. Elements of “personality” flicker and shift through gauzy dreamscapes, as solid figures – often drawn at once from both the artist’s memories, and her present surroundings, within the same image – are sifted out of the intermediate realm of the visually non-specific. This is the magic of Imazu’s special attentiveness to the teeming biological world around her – but also to its imaginative and affective valences. In many of Imazu’s images, we find often-overlooked members of our surrounds. We see weeds, bugs, and pebbles that are so frequently shrunk back from the centre of or preoccupied and anthropocentric gaze. 
Just as the settings of Imazu’s prints might be described as an “in-between,” so too might we consider her approach to medium as modular. Hiding Spots presents work across printmaking, papercut, and ceramics, with characters and moods carrying across between these distinct modes of making. Many of the ceramics in the show extrapolate upon characters from the prints: horned beetle figures with human-like faces, cats, and multi-species characters simply designated as “strange animals.” There is, in these ceramics, a frequent emphasis on companionship, or even friendship, between species, as human figures are shown embracing, or “leaning upon” other creatures, both literally and symbolically. Is in, indeed, as if these creatures (including human creatures) look each other in the eye, whichever world they may be found within. 
To read the full article, visit the Artist Profile website.
Kyoko Imazu Artist Talk:
2pm Saturday 26 March
28 Derby Street, Collingwood.
Exhibition current until Saturday 26 March. 
Click here to view the exhibition online.
Kyoko Imazu  Hank and dandelion 2021  etching and aquatint  edition 25  39 x 44 cm
Kyoko Imazu in her studio
Kyoko Imazu  Bright Star  2021  etching and aquatint  edition 25  65 x 45 cm
Kyoko Imazu  Hank and bulbine lilies  2021  etching and aquatint  edition 25  20.5 x 21 cm

Kyoko Imazu  Rhino beetle (pink)  2022  stoneware 11 x 8.5 x 4 cm