Those eyes. Those hands. Those patterns. Those nipples. Audrey Kawasaki has managed to make her own brand of them.
Kawasaki says the girl in her paintings is her muse, simply called “her”. She is fictional, but despite being physically flawless she has weaknesses just like everyone else. Physical perfection doesn’t save her from vulnerability, ghosts and dreams.She also hates being ignored, you can tell by the way she looks at you from her wood panel.
I first met the “her” in Kawasaki’s paintings in 2010. Ever since then I can’t put pencil to paper without seeing her eyes and those flowing lines. I want to draw and paint like Kawasaki, but somehow I know the “her” in the paintings only wakes up for one woman, Kawasaki.
In an interview with Juxtapoz magazine last year, Kawasaki said she is shy and doesn’t feel too comfortable talking to strangers. She also said her muse, “her”, is everything she is not as well as a “satisfying and vicious outlet”.
What is your outlet?
I wish mine was as pretty as the women, creatures and elements featured in Kawasaki’s work. She uses juxtaposition to compare the living with the dead, the fluid with the static. Manga, Miyazaki’s movies, ghosts and an element of the unknown seep through Kawasaki’s paintings and they tend to stay with you for a while.
One last pearl of wisdom from Audrey Kawasaki: “My lack of contentment is what drives me to paint.”