"The Disquieting Muses" - Audrey Kawasaki

Where: Copro/Nason Gallery

2525 Michigan Ave. T5, Santa Monica , CA 90404

Ph: 310-829-2156

E-Mail: CoproNason@msn.com OR www.CoproNason.com

What: Audrey Kawasaki, "The Disquieting Muses"

Date: March 11 through April 8, 2006

Artist reception: Saturday March 11, 8:00–11:30 p.m.
Contact: Gary Pressman, Gallery Director Copro/Nason Gallery

Audrey Kawasaki  lives in the ordinary world with rules and etiquette but with a pencil and paintbrush in hand she creates a fantasy land with no rules or restrictions. She began by painting on scrap wood found in the alleyways of Brooklyn, New York. She moved there
from West Los Angeles to study fine arts at "Pratt Institute". Her family is from Japan but she was raised in West Los Angeles.

Audrey's images come to her when she gets a piece of wood, cuts it down and sands it. She stares into the wood grain and soon it comes alive. She paints in oil so she can smear and rub it into the wood and prefers earthly subtle colors toned down and not too bright. Naples
yellow,. rosy pink,  and mossy green are her favorites. When asked about the
subjects of her art Audrey says "All of the  my girls (and even the guys) I draw are all portraits of the same person. different faces and bodies, different moods, but ultimately
they portray the same being."

Whats really important to Audrey is freedom to express herself. "No restrictions. No rules. nothing holds me back. all my energy and passion pouring, oozing out of me. a release. drained out. that is freedom to me....