It’s just over a week to go until our East meets West exhibition opens at MOKSPACE. ARTS THREAD will proudly present the work of many incredible artists from the far East, including Chelsea College of Art & Design student Kaoru Ishikawai.
ARTS THREAD: Talk us through the work you will be showing at Mokspace
Kaoru Ishikawa: My last work came from my personal experience and its memory. A bee died in the beer which I was drinking on a beautiful day last spring. This painting shows the bee drowned in the beer with bubbles. Ephemeral bubbles relates to death. At the same time its shadow creates the sense of depth on the canvas. The illusionary depth emphasises the existence of the bee towards us.
AT: Who or what inspires your work most?
KI: I’d say Rachel Whiteread, Gabriel Orozco and Martin Creed to name a few artists. In terms of ideas for work, it’s hard to pin down. But they come naturally from little questions and finding something weird in everyday life. It’s like a personal experience which I cannot forget for some reason or another. So I start to examine this experience in a creative process.
AT: What are you currently working on?
KI: I’m working on an idea based on existence of objects which is going to be an installation with many components. I am very curious about things around us and their reality. I often don’t know where I’m going to end up. But I feel that’s a good way for creating a new perspective, otherwise it could be dull!
East Meets West: Art & Design Now! runs from 24 April – 6 May at Mokspace.