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 Queensland as well as Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, New Zealand Thailand and the US. In November 2018 she will travel back to Japan to undertake an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange artist residency at Studio Kura to research and create new work inspired by the patterns in her Samurai ancestor’s armour, to be exhibited at No.12 Gallery in Tokyo.