Media, culture and people who awed me in 2010
#8 Audrey Kawasaki
From the moment I first discovered Audrey’s work in 2006 she has awed me. Audrey has consistently held my imagination in her grasp as I’ve watched her spin an ever more intricate web of narrative in each series of paintings she does. For me, personally, the piece above, She Entwined from her Australian ‘Entangled’ show, is a pinnacle of all the things I have come to love about Audrey’s work. It has all of Audrey’s trademarks - the beautiful girl with the hooded, invited gaze, the languid sensuality, the warm colors like blushing skin and the intricate, detailed lines, the unabashed female sexuality. The women cavorting in the waves of hair are reminiscent of the playful eroticism of the naughtiest Rococo paintings.
Focusing on just one piece of her work feels like cheating, because all her paintings are like pieces of a big puzzle. Yuuwaku (which was on the cover of Hi-Fructose Magazine) with its mystery and seduction, and Negaigoto, predator and prey, intricate lines like lace. Audrey’s delicacy is especially apparent in her woodcutting, as seen in Plucked. After what she did this year, I can not wait to see what she achieves next year.