Artist Interview | Cat Rabbit

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After the exciting interview with Philippa Rice from our current exhibition “The Strange Hearts Club”, we are even more excited to introduce another interview with Cat Rabbit.

If you missed  our interview with Philippa, you can click HERE and visit the interview. Makes “The Strange Hearts Club” is on view through October 4th, 2016.

~Interview with Cat Rabbit.~

Q1- Please tell us a little bit about your background…

I first started making little plush toys for friends when I was studying at university. My interest in textiles grew from there and I began experimenting with embroidery and 3D felt techniques. I am now a full-time practicing textile artist, based in Melbourne, Australia. I make plush sculptural works of my imagined characters and the worlds they might live in. I also make books for Children and other fantastical artworks with my collaborator and good pal Isobel Knowles under the name Soft Stories.

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Q2 -What was the first work of art that you saw or experienced that you still remember today? 

I grew up in Tasmania, in a very small country town. Every week, my Mum used to take us to the Launceston Museum and I remember just staring for ages at the detailed dioramas of prehistoric animal habitats and dinosaur bones.

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Q3 -Who were your earliest influencers of famous artists or creators? 

Richard Scarry and Beatrix Potter have definitely been my longest serving inspirations! I have many old, battered copies of their books from my childhood that I refer back to over and over again. Their ability to create not only beautiful characters, but worlds for their characters to exist in, is something I strive for myself.

 

 

 

Q4 – Please tell us about your work… What do you make?

I make soft sculptures of my imagined characters using needle felt and 3D felting techniques.

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Q5 -What generally inspires or influences you to create your work?

I like to devise new characters all the time! I get an idea in my head or sketch something out and am not satisfied until I work it up into a 3D character.

Q6 -What is the main challenge for you when creating your work? 

I like my work to engage a wide audience, so there are elements that appeal to young children and also an older generation. My main objective when creating new work for exhibition is to incite feelings of comfort, joy and nostalgia – when I make a piece that encapsulates all of these elements, I am satisfied with the work!

 

Q7 -What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on a series of food related characters: a Croissant pâtissière, a Dango delivery person and a Egg headed egg farmer – I am increasingly fascinated by absurd characters made up of inanimate objects, like food, and I’m enjoying experimenting with new and weird themes.

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Q8 -What is your dream or goal as an artist in 3 years? 5 years? 

I am addicted to sewing new things, so if I’m still able to do that, then I’ll be happy ^_^

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Lastly, Do you have any message to visitors for this exhibition? 

Please enjoy these new characters that Philippa and I have made as part of the Strange Hearts Club! Online dating is a new world of crazy possibility that really fascinates me, and I wanted to explore what my characters would look like if they were plunged in to this world!

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-Please tell up what we should check out / should not miss in this exhibition. 

The Koala! I have wanted to make a koala for some time, and it’s one of my favorite new creations (particularly the Rilakkuma phone case).

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Artist Interview | Philippa Rice

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This week we are pleased to showcase the multimedia, multi-talented Philippa Rice. Coming to us all the way from the Bristol, United Kingdom, Philippa is presenting her illustrations, clay sculptures, crocheted soft sculptures, and a collaborative illustrated zine  “The Strange Hearts Club” (which is specially made for this exhibition!) with artist Cat Rabbit. In addition to the works shown, Philippa is also an animator and author of the published comic Soppy.

Philippa often uses simple and familiar materials for her art like Sculpey for the clay sculptures or by crocheting sculptures out of yarn. She creates all of her work from her home studio, which we can only imagine is extremely adorable. Please come by AG Gallery to see Philippa Rice’s work, on display through October 4th, 2016.

~Below is our interview with Phillipa Rice, next interview will be with Cat Rabbit.~

Q 1 – Please tell us a little bit about your background…

I studied animation at university, and after that I started making comics in my spare time. I eventually managed to make comics into my full-time job, after self publishing some books of my online comics. Since then I have also worked with publishers and also take on freelance work at times.

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Q 2 -What was the first work of art that you saw or experienced that you still remember today?

When I was little I loved all the animations on TV made with models. I used to love watching repeats of the Bagpuss and The Clangers.

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Q3 -Who were your earliest influencers of famous artists or creators?

Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin who made Bagpuss!

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Q4 -Please tell us about your work… -What do you make?

I started making a webcomic called My Cardboard Life in 2008. I used collage materials like paper and cardboard to make the panels and characters. I also draw a lot of comics, including my autobio comic Soppy. I really enjoy all kinds of crafts especially crochet and model making. I have made a lot of characters and use them to make animations for my youtube channel Soft Spot.

 

Q5 -What generally inspires or influences you to create your work?

I’m inspired by lots of different things, but particularly by real life events and moments that I write down in my diary and then later illustrate it or turn it into something else.

I also love anything cute or silly and if I can include things like that in my stories or characters then I’m happy.

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Q6 -What is the main challenge for you when creating your work?

I often try to work on too many things at once and it’s difficult to say focused and get anything finished, especially when real life gets in the way too.

 

Q7 -What are you currently working on? 

I’ve almost finished a new book which is a sort of sequel to Soppy, but instead of being about me, it’s a guided journal so that people can fill it in with their own stories.

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Q8 -What is your dream or goal as an artist in 3 years? 5 years? 

If I name a specific dream I’m sure it won’t come true! I hope that in 5 years time I’ll still be making as many comics and animations as I am now!

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Lastly, Do you have any message to visitors for this exhibition?

I hope you enjoy our show. Say hi to all the characters from me!

I have made several crochet characters, a few different types of animals. There are also sculpey models which I’ve painted and varnished. There are prints and also original collages made from different papers, with paint details. And the animations to watch too! Hopefully all the different things will give you a good idea of the different mediums I like to work in.

 

 

 

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THE STRANGE HEARTS CLUB | Cat Rabbit & Philippa Rice

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THE STRANGE HEARTS CLUB

Cat Rabbit & Philippa Rice

SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 4, 2016

We are pleased to announce our up coming two persons exhibition “The Strange Hearts Club” by artists, Cat Rabbit and Philippa Rice.  It is a dream come true for those who have been in love with their slightly odd, yet adorable living characters, and their imaginary worlds. It is the first time for them to work together for an exhibition, and in the exhibition, you will be welcomed by their individual works as well as their collaboration works, all made especially for this exhibition.

Please make sure to visit AG Gallery, while it is a merging point of imaginary odd yet charming characters.

 

 

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Trump of Trump 2016 | Takao Sakata

AG Gallery is pleased to announce that Takao Sakata’s Anti-Glass Works Annual One Week Solo Installation Exhibition successfully had its opening day today. This year’s exhibition theme is Trump of Trump which he express his interest in USA Presidential Election as non US residence, and as a citizen of the world. This is one week summer special exhibition, please make sure to visit the gallery during the exhibition.

Exhibition On View: August 26 – September 1, 2016

For the exhibition details and to learn about the artist, please CLICK HERE and read the previous post.

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ABOUT This Year’s Anti-Glassworks Installation
-What is the inspiration for this year’s Anti-Glassworks?

“This year’s Anti-Glassworks are deeply influenced by the United States presidential election. We are probably going to experience a historical moment as we will most likely have the first female president of the United States.
I am sensitive to the social movements of other nations, including the United States,  just like I care for my own country. I see the social movements as a citizen of the world, and with this perspective I create my work as responses to society. The urge naturally came to me to express my interest in and feelings for the US presidential election as the theme of this year’s Anti-Glassworks installation that will be presented at AG Gallery.

In my installation, Mr. Donald Trump is portrayed as a house of cards. He is a charming person, but there are dangerous sides in his policy. The Trump tower is standing on the verge of collapse. The glass objects around it encourage the tower’s self-control. I will leave the rest to your imagination and understanding.

Although I do not have a vote in the election, the result will affect us and the world.
This exhibition is my deep cheering message that I send towards both candidates.” -Takao Sakata

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TRUMP Of TRUMP, Anti-Glassworks 2016 | Takao Sakata

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August 26, 6pm – September 1, 2016

AG Gallery is pleased to announce the Anti-Glassworks exhibition by glass-sculptor Takao Sakata again this summer. This is one of several in AG Gallery’s annual exhibitions presenting Sakata’s soulful glass-work installations.

Takao Sakata is a glass sculptor with a long career presenting his glass-work in Shiga, Japan. He introduces to not only his audience, but also to other glass-work artists around the world, the new era of glass-work art which must be created from a strong passion to breakthrough the conventionality of current “glass art”. This is the 5th solo-exhibition of Sakata’s work at AG Gallery, and in this year’s Anti-Glassworks Installation the artist visualizes the most trendy topic and concern of the moment, the US Presidential Election, through his point of view.

ABOUT Anti-Glassworks Series
“When we look at glass-work art these days, we only see works that are weak, cheap, and pleasing to the eye. They are called “modern glass art” or “world glass art” and seen as if they are the only real art. Glass artisans without a strong belief and knowledge, and the lack of outstanding glass-work art critics, are making it difficult for abstract glass-work art to progress. The purpose of art is to express nature, society and human being through clear sense and techniques. It means the attribute of glass material doesn’t produce any arts. Marcel Duchamp said that people in his century had been blind completely to art. It is also my severe criticism to contemporary glass-work art.”-Takao Sakata

ABOUT This Year’s Anti-Glassworks Installation
-What is the inspiration for this year’s Anti-Glassworks?

“This year’s Anti-Glassworks are deeply influenced by the United States presidential election. We are probably going to experience a historical moment as we will most likely have the first female president of the United States.
I am sensitive to the social movements of other nations, including the United States,  just like I care for my own country. I see the social movements as a citizen of the world, and with this perspective I create my work as responses to society. The urge naturally came to me to express my interest in and feelings for the US presidential election as the theme of this year’s Anti-Glassworks installation that will be presented at AG Gallery.

In my installation, Mr. Donald Trump is portrayed as a house of cards. He is a charming person, but there are dangerous sides in his policy. The Trump tower is standing on the verge of collapse. The glass objects around it encourage the tower’s self-control. I will leave the rest to your imagination and understanding.

Although I do not have a vote in the election, the result will affect us and the world.
This exhibition is my deep cheering message that I send towards both candidates.” -Takao Sakata

 

TAKAO SAKATA
Lives/works in Shiga, Japan
Graduated From Tokyo Glass Art Institute

If you have any inquire about artworks, artists, and our gallery space, please feel free to contact us at: natsumi@aboutglamour.net

 

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