Kei Takemura is a Japanese born artist who lives and works in Berlin. Takemura exhibited a major installation piece and performance at the Art Gallery New South Wales during the 2006 Biennale of Sydney .
Takemura uses embroidery as a channel for recalling her memories of the past. She is fascinated by combining layers of tapestry and the silk-embroidery for her installation works. Her densely personal and emotive worked expresses self- conscious visions of her surrounding environment. Reflecting on the correlation between a viewpoint and an environment, the artist evokes universal memories through her personal reminiscence. Attempting to deliver her memory through the creative act, Takemura transforms feelings of intimacy to an objective invention through an act of stitching.
Rujunko Pugh was born in 1970, Japan, and is of African-American and Japanese descent. She has lived in Hawaii, California, North Carolina, and Washington DC. With a Masters degree in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, Pugh originally worked as a biologist before deciding to pursue a career in art. Pugh now lives and works in Sydney, and has received a Masters in Studio Art from the University of Sydney, where she is now studying an MFA.
Pugh creates digital collages by superimposing hazardous material protective wear from photographs of the nuclear waste cleanup of Fukushima onto portraits from early Japanese photography. The collages are then converted into line illustrations to produce dystopian-‐like portraits.
These final appropriated images borne of two significant historical periods deal with daily life in the public space in Japan, and for this reason the prints are often translated into street art for public and democratic consumption.
‘Hereafter’ will showcase Rujunko Pugh’s screen prints, wood panels and wall murals. The intricate line drawings that comprise these works symbolise her Japanese print-making lineage, and comment on environmental concerns via the inclusion of gas masks and hard hats on the figures depicted.