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...
My Tsuru ‘Peace Pins’ are finally ready! Each enamel pin is custom made, and comes on an artist signed, premium cardboard backing. It comes in 2 styles - Black and White -and- Black and Gold.
For every Peace Pin sold, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Australian Red Cross to help support their everyday humanitarian work locally, and internationally.
Click here to Order a Tsuru Peace Pin now :)
Westfield Carousel together with aMBUSH Gallery approached for a wonderful collaboration, where they asked me to create several large scale murals and internal wall art installations for Westfield Carousel in Perth, Western Australia. This was such an awesome creative and artistic opportunity and challenge for me - to develop my artworks on a scale which I haven't done before, with the awesome aMBUSH Gallery curating the entire project.
Was given a truly AWESOME opportunity to create a custom wall mural in the newly refurbished offices of International Digital Agency, MullenLowe Profero in Sydney. With the company logo - 'MO' - being a boxing octopus (!!) it felt like a PERFECT match of MullenLowe's own creative branding, with my own penchant for watery, quirky sea creatures! Bring it ON :) My concept for the wall art, was to depict 'Mo' embracing various aspects of the agency, through the use of icons / symbols based on the digital & creative services Mullenlowe Profero create and provide worldwide. The title of the Wall Art therefore became "8 Embrace" Symbols and icons such as - iPhones, iPads, Email, Headphones, digital cables, wifi, cloud, brief / ideas, music, digital architecture / strategy graphs,...
Tora Sumi Gallery Presents, “TAKUMI” タクミ by Nanami Cowdroy
December 2017 - January 2018
'Takumi' meaning 'Artisan' in Japanese. A retrospective of my artwork NOW SHOWING DAILY, 10am - 6pm.
Exhibition Drinks Night :
14th December 2017, 6pm - 8pm.
TORA SUMI : 381 Darling Street, Balmain NSW 2041
For more information, please contact Tora Sumi on (02) 9818 5045 | www.torasumi.com.au