Artist: Audrey Kawasaki
Coventry rag 320gsm
Straight cut edges
Edition of 150
Prints are available via a lottery system.
The lottery opens Friday, March 4th at 9am PST and closes Monday, March 7th at 9am PST.
From the studio:
We at Serio Press are delighted to have collaborated with Audrey Kawasaki to create her first silkscreened edition on paper. The foundation of the image is a graphite drawing Audrey originally created as a concept for a mural in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Audrey added color layers and tightened up the line work digitally to create a file to print from. The background, a split fountain, was printed first and served as the basis on which we built. The graphite component of the drawing, comprising of three layers of transparent black ink, was printed last and sits delicately on top of a field of graphic colors.
From the Artist:
Ōmagatoki is a Japanese term referring to the twilight hour, when the sun sets and the sky grows dark. Shadows start to slowly swallow the land, and a sudden cold wind sends a chill down the spine. Children are told to go home when it becomes dusk, for there may be dangerous creatures out in the unknown dark. Ōmagatoki, it is said, is when the spirits and monsters can cross over to our human world. They toy with us mortals, causing mischief and trickery.
Ōmagatoki 逢魔時 literally means the hour of meeting evil spirits; 大禍時 (a different way of writing it) means the hour of great calamity.
I personally find myself feeling quite melancholy and lonely during dusk. At the same time, as darkness sinks in, I can't suppress a feeling of anticipation and excitement that sometimes stirs inside me.
Kawasaki’s art explores contrary themes of innocence and eroticism and is concerned with the mysterious intrigue of female sensuality. She often paints on wooden panels, whose natural grain lends the works a mysterious atmosphere and depth. The painter’s creative influences include both Eastern and Western traditions, ranging from Art Nouveau to Japanese manga. Her melancholic portraits of women regularly cover the front pages of magazines worldwide and have been featured in numerous publications.