The portraits Tomoko Kashiki creates are fragmented, and at times placed in a limiting space that traps the women within an intimate world of beauty, desire and dreams. Her aesthetic is reminiscent of Heian Buddhist paintings and Bijinga, pictures of beautiful women in pinewood gardens, a style derived from Kyoto, the city in which Kashiki was born and raised.
In Beijing, we attended the opening ceremony of the 2014 Annual Student Exhibition at Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), one of the foremost art academies in Asia. The life-size sculptures displayed here are the work of a student from figurative sculpture department. Very impressive work!