Mariko Konno

These Tears Dry On Their Own

My Artwork is of a young woman as a harlequin clown tearfully pulling down a mask to reveal her face. I wanted to draw in the viewer with its vibrant colours and sensuality to depict a contrasting, autobiographical look into my experiences as a young woman. Having experienced bullying, shame around sex, guilt and humiliation as a child and as a young woman I wanted to address my insecurities. I often felt I needed to put on a mask, be the entertainer and people please to hide my own inner wounds and avoid confrontation. The clown represents playfulness, humour and child like quality yet at the same time carelessness, humiliation and feelings of an outsider. I wanted to show the duality and complexity of being a female and wanting others to love and accept you.
Ink on Paper, framed.
44.5 x 32cm
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Artwork to be picked up between Sunday 3 April - Tuesday 5 April 2022 from No Vacancy Gallery
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Meet the artist
Mariko Konno
Mariko Konno is an artist and illustrator from Sydney, Australia with a Scottish and Japanese heritage. She draws inspiration from different cultures, fantasty and myth, nature, and storytelling. She has an illustrative style and uses pencils, ink and acrylic pens, markers, aerosol spray paint, acrylic paint and uses a tablet for digital art. She has attained a Certificate IV in Fine Arts; painted and collaborated with a collective of artists; designed artwork for a variety of companies and businesses; works as a youth arts facilitator; performed live art at festivals; corporate events, markets; and has done solo and group exhibitions.
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