Kirra Jamison cultivates ideas. Initial kernels of intuition germinate into lines, forms and patterns that branch and weave and interlay the picture plane with snatches of narrative. Floating amongst the fragments of decorative motif and patterning, vignettes of everyday experience emerge and inveigle the viewer with abundant possibilities of meaning. Harmonious or chaotic, repeated or disrupted, Jamison’s use of patterns and images dismantles cultural boundaries, blurring the divide between high and low art, the East and the West, the past and the present. She exhibits regularly in solo and group exhibitions, and her work is represented in private and corporate collections, including Artbank, KPMG, Microsoft and the Mater Hospital.
After graduating from Tama Art University, Yuri joined Dentsu in 2010. Since then, she has worked on a wide range of work from graphic design for posters, logos, packaging, to integrated branding campaigns. She currently works for clients such as Suntory, TV Tokyo, and Tokyu Railway. Yuri’s work was first recognized on the international stage when she competed in the Young Press Lions at Cannes representing Japan, and won Gold. She then went on to winning gold, silver, and bronze awards at D&AD, ADC of New York, One Show, Cannes Lions, Spikes Asia, and Adfest. She loves traveling, and annually takes four weeks off from work to explore the world.
Kenji Hirasawa (1982, Tokyo, Japan) has always been fascinated by skin-ship, where people interact with each other through the sense of touch. This is due to the fact that the Japanese consider it polite to keep one’s distance when communicating; they bow to each other instead of shaking hands in greetings. Therefore, it is very rare to feel other people’s body temperature in Japan. In this series titled Portraits, the Japanese artist uses thermography to show the beauty of human vitality and to reconnect visually with human warmth.