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Mayflies and Stars by Kyoko Imazu

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Experience the magical world of Kyoko Imazu.
Artwork Kyoko Imazu, Dandelion, 2020, papercut

Mayflies and Stars by Kyoko Imazu tells the untold stories of the tiny creatures that fill our everyday lives, embracing an enigmatic world of moving shadows and shifting forms. Her intricate papercuts and shadow puppetry bring to life memories and personal recollections of Japanese folklore and evoke the ephemeral, fleeting beauty of the world these tiny creatures inhabit. Drawing on real and imagined beings, Kyoko invites audiences to take part in her whimsical stories of exploration and adventure.

Kyoko says “I used to look for (and collected) small insects and pebbles when I was a kid and imagine a completely different world or universe that these creatures and things live in. In my art practice and in particular this project, I guess I’m trying to capture that world.”

The delicate beauty of Kyoko’s imagery in ArtSpace will leave viewers mesmerized and offer a glimpse into the magical hidden worlds of some of our smallest neighbours.

About the artist

Kyoko Imazu is a Japanese artist based in Melbourne whose practice encompasses a range of mediums such as printmaking, papercut, puppetry, bookbinding and ceramics.

Kyoko moved to Australia in 2002 and in the last decade has been included in over 100 exhibitions throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the USA. Kyoko has undertaken numerous residencies and in 2017 was awarded a fellowship by the State Library Victoria to undertake a residency at Baldessin Press & Studio. Her works are held in several public collections across Australia.

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Exhibition workshop: Shadow puppetry with Kyoko Imazu

Children over the age of 8 years are invited to our Shadow puppetry with Kyoko Imazu workshop

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For further information on the exhibition, contact the Arts team on 1300 88 22 33, 

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  • Saturday, 17 April 2021 - 12.00AM to Sunday, 27 June 2021 - 11.59PM
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