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Event View at Itoshima Spring Festival 2016 “Sakuraitoshimatsuri” : Kate Gorrie, Tara Benjamin-Morgan, Park Hyun Ji, Amjad Akash

The weather in Itoshima is getting warmer and more sunny these days!
Studio Kura was participated in the 2nd Sakuraitoshimatsuri 2016, Itoshima Spring Festival at Itoshima Shrine on March 20th. It was such a lovely day, perfect time for celebrating spring season!

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Our current residence artists, Amjad Akash, Tara Benjamin-Morgan, Kate Gorrie and Park Hyun Ji also attended and helped this event, to give joyful workshops and great works specially for this event!

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As we run kids art classes, Studio Kura produced an art installation showing kids’ sculptural works at the approach to the main shrine.
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Announcing Kate Gorrie’s Exhibition “Unspoken Home”

We are happy to announce Unspoken Home, an exhibition by Kate Gorrie, as a result of her activity during her stay at Studio Kura.

Through her playful visual imagery, there is an exploration into the reflective nature of our interconnected human existence. Her illustration inquisitively explores the nature of the mind in narrative and how this movement connects us to our identity ever changing. An inherent love for the natural world inspires the metaphors and symbols of her work, which dance upon a philosophical playground of imagery. Using both fine detail and simple space, her work interrelates a sense of movement and connection.

Whilst her artwork may evoke bizarre paradigms, there is an invitation to explore the nature of the mind & examine the fabric of our existence. Her works are an expression of hope in our creative potential, wherein our identity is shifted from the vessels we’ve constructed to be free in the bottomless bucket of existence which they came from.

Here are some words from the artist herself.

‘Unspoken Home’ is an exploration into the identity of home. When I first arrived in Itoshima, I was captivated by the architecture surrounding my new neighbourhood. It lead me to reflect on my past homes in Australia & what memories I have on them. This then lead me to question “what is home?” I’ve taken this question with me through my 8 weeks here and have come to explore home beyond the walls of a building, but as an experience we create. In every moment we are alive, we have the capacity to create home there. Home is a frame of mind. Home is not just a place where you sleep, but it’s the place where you stand.

My illustrations of the simple humans reflect back the inner nature we all have been given upon birth. From this angle, from the moment we are born, we are home. I use their simple form as the way of exploring our commonalities rather than differences. Together we create home, with our collaborative human nature. So I invite you now to collaborate in this space & as the English saying goes “make yourself at home”.

Kate Gorrie “Unspoken Home”
Date: March 26 (Saturday), 27 (Sunday), 11:00 to 19:00, free entrance
* We will hold an opening party and an artist talk on Saturday the 26th, starting at 15:30.
* Exhibitions by other 3 artists(Bushra Burge, Park Hyun Ji, Amjad Akash) will be held during the same exhibition period.