I just completed my newest piece on canvas (1000 x 1000mm) which I've titled 'Onna-Bugeisha' which translated from Japanese means 'Female Warrior'
This piece is my interpretation of Neoclassicism - playing with traditional Japanese Ukiyo-E subjects and styles, combined with contemporary objects, elements and themes.
Being lucky enough to be born and raised in a free country like Australia, where the concept of 'Female Empowerment' being the cultural norm... this quite often led to tensions and struggles at times when I was trying to relate to my okaasan (mother) and her old school, traditional Japanese views and behavioural expectations of how I ( ie, girl / woman / female) should 'be' whilst growing up.
I was often challenged and questioned over how I should -or- should not present myself both privately and publically eg. how to dress, how to behave, how to speak, how to act in public etc. Of course, despite our generational and cultural differences - I know mumma-san always has her heart in the right place and was wanting to do what she thought was in my best interests.
Traditionally women in Japan are raised to be more 'quiet' 'reserved' 'submissive' (*cringe*) . Even today, the Feminism movement and the attainment of Equal Rights for women, still has a very long way to go in Japan... Likewise, even though it has come a long way in Western society - the challenge and battle continues, but thank goodness the dialogue and activism is much more vocal and Open!
This piece reflects a rebellion over some of those cultural expectations which so many Japanese women still face. A Playful reflection on what it means to be 'Female'.
NEWS! Im very proud to say, this artwork has been recognised and showcased on the Design & Art Publication website, Gestalten (Germany) on International Women's Day, 8th March 2019.