Thursday, 8 October 2009

artist junko go

It's been a little while since I've seen an artwork that I've really liked. That was until I saw the work of Junko Go, who is currently exhibiting at the Handmark Gallery in Hobart. I admire that the path she's taken to become an artist was not straightforward, but she made it.

Which five words best describe you? Happy, curious, easy, optimistic and hardworking.
What was your first job and what path have you taken since then? An interpreter in Japan. After putting myself into the linguistic job for about a decade in Japan, I turned my interest into art at the age of 30. Then, I moved to Australia to live. I was a part-time artist, a Japanese/English tour guide, a Japanese teacher and now I am a full-time artist.
What's your proudest achievement? Several sell-out shows.
What's been your best decision? Sea change to Australia.
Who inspires you? My family - my husband, my daughter & her boyfriend and my dog 'Max'. What are you passionate about? To be a better person.
What's the best lesson you've learnt? Sometimes, we do all the right things for all the right reasons yet we seem to get all the wrong results. Life is full of injustices and inconsistencies, however, efforts are payed off in their own right.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? My mum, who passed away when I was young.
What dream do you still want to fulfill? Having a solo show at Sydney's commercial gallery.
What are you reading? Dan Brown.

images junko go and handmark gallery


nerines said...

I had a look at Junko Go's work today and it was very beautiful, drifting and dreamlike...Her larger mural type piece was interesting too, in that I felt as if I needed to physically move with it to be fully engaged...bending, sideways, stepping back and then moving even closer again.....wonderful!

Unknown said...

Just happen to come by your lovely blog and it's so interesting what somehow small world it is in the design circles...and yet~!

Love your picks, your style and I adore Junko Go's work.
The sheer lightness of being!


Natalie Walton said...

Nerines - that's fab you saw it. I love Handmark - they always have the best artists.

Natalie Walton said...

Thanks, Victoria. I really appreciate your kind words.

belinda marshall said...

this is very beautiful work, and i enjoyed the interview, thanku :)

nerines said...

Handmark often exhibits many interesting and talented artists. I'm lucky that I'm so frequently around that area, but I might not have thought to take a look at that time, had I not read your article, so thankyou.


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