Audrey Kawasaki’s ‘her’

Those eyes. Those hands. Those patterns. Those nipples. Audrey Kawasaki has managed to make her own brand of them.

Beautiful water feeling on wood

Just Like You, oil and graphite on wood panel.

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.”

Audrey makes everything look flowy

Deep Waters,
oil, acrylic, and graphite on wood panel

Would not mind being haunted by such beautiful ghosts

Lili and her Ghosts, oil and graphite on wood panel, 2011

Pretty red Audrey birds

May There Be, oil, acrylic, and graphite on wood panel 2012

Audrey and the pretty trees, how does she do it?

Shadows,oil, acrylic, and graphite on wood panel, 2012

Alice and wonderland maybe?

Under the Full Moon
oil, acrylic, and graphite on wood panel

Such pretty plants

Where I Rest, oil and graphite on wood panel

Death and beauty

I Won’t Forget You, oil and graphite on wood panel, 2011

For more of Audrey Kawasaki visit her website, her blog or her MySpace page.

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