Lot 80 - Rie Kitagawa - The Hands
Charcoal and graphite on paper
Signed on Verso
Rie Kitagawa (b. 1964, Fukuoka, Japan) is a Japanese-born artist based in Norway. Her projects are about creating space for creative interpretation of mythical stories or iconic figures. Rie does this by privatizing myths and icons. This process starts when she photographs her daughters as models. The images convey emotional states. The body and body positions play a significant role, intended to convey narratives, something close and at the same time theatrical. Rie wants to distinguish antagonists with characteristics and emotions that are not conveyed in the original myths. The artist mainly work with pastels in large formats, making it possible to explore colours in a particular way.
1992-1998 Khio/Oslo National Academy of the Arts: Painting Department, Graduation Exhibition in 1998
1982-86 Waseda University: Bachelor of Dramatic Art
2022 Exposition, Kate Mary & Rie Kitagawa at La Gare à l'Art, Tusson in France curated by the Delphian Gallery in London
1994 Via Photo at the Photo Gallery in Oslo
2001 "Hair and Hairstyle" at IKM (International Cultural Center and Museum in Oslo)
Grants and awards
2022 Became one of two winners among approx. 7000 applicants in the Delphian Gallery Open Call for artist residency in France.
2005 Grant from the Visual Artists Remuneration Fund
2004 Grant from the Visual Artists Remuneration Fund
2001 Debutants support /grant for visual artists from Norwegian Art Council.
2001 Project support/Grant for visual artists from Norwegian Art Council.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
According to this project i made the smallest drawing I ever tried. This was the challenge. In my pictures, the image convey emotional states and the body and body positions play an important role, meant to convey stories, something close and at the same time theatrical. I hope I created a kind of dynamic that is similarly intimate, mainly because of its size.
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