Kyoko Imazu is a Japanese born artist based in Melbourne working primarily on paper and in sculpture. She has explored the mediums of printmaking, papercut, puppetry, bookbinding, ceramics and installations. Her intricate work draws on animals, people, imagined beings and creatures from Japanese folklore to tell whimsical stories of exploration and adventure. “I’m interested in paying attention to our tiny neighbours: the weeds, bugs and pebbles that fill our everyday lives. When you look closely, it’s incredible to realise how everything is so different – every petal, leaf and wing is miraculously unique. These beings and objects all have their own stories and universes within themselves, containing many states of life, death and regeneration.” The intriguing nature of her work draws the audience in, opening up new worlds and perspectives.
Kyoko graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2007. In the last decade she has been included in over 100 exhibitions throughout the Asia-Pacific region and the USA. Kyoko has undertaken numerous residencies and, in 2017, she was awarded a fellowship by the State Library Victoria to undertake a residency at Baldessin Press & Studio. In 2019, she was a finalist in the inaugural Megalo International Print Prize with her etching “Beetle spotting” and the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Awards with her etching “The Entomologist’s Garden”. Her works are held in several public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Library of Australia, State Library of Queensland and State Library of Victoria.