MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY
Nanakorobi Yaoki - Fall down seven times, get up eight
12 November - 14 December 2019
These works form part of a body of work created and exhibited in Japan in December 2018, as part of an Asialink Creative Exchange. The work features hand cut paper installations inspired by the patterns found in Rei's Samurai ancestor's armour-wear, which took on additional meaning when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, becoming a warrior herself. The works illuminate the patterns of Rei's mixed Japanese-Australian heritage, and pay homage to her battle with breast cancer.
Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and lived experiences between places, cultures and communities. Her works are created from personal and historical archives which embed narrative and symbolism within a Japanese design aesthetic. Works include portraits, patterns and paper cutting which have been translated into large-scale murals and public art commissions. Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2008, Rei has created and exhibited work, curated exhibitions and managed cultural spaces across Australia, New Zealand,Thailand, Japan and the US. In November 2018 she completed an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange in Japan creating work at Studio Kura in Fukuoka, then exhibited at No.12 Gallery in Tokyo.