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In Conversation | Claudia Kogachi Debra Porch Residency

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Saturday 1 October, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

artisan 45 King Street, Bowen Hills. QLD.

Free event - Cash Bar.

Join curator Cassandra Lehman in conversation with international residency artist Claudia Kogachi as they discuss Claudia's practice and her time in Brisbane. Join us as we delve in to discussions around the importance of collaborations, awards and international residencies, while learning about the important of craft and arts in today's society.

We invite you to this unique opportunity to close Claudia's residency. Celebrate Claudia's magnificent works and hear about her working methods and inspirations during her time in Brisbane.


Claudia Kogachi is a contemporary artist and painter. Born in 1995, Awaji-Shima, Japan, she lives in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland.⁠

Claudia’s work leans into the personal. She can’t resist inserting the people in her life into her work. Claudia often depicts herself and those around her carrying out everyday leisure activities or exploring imaginary moments. These scenarios are used to delve into various interpersonal dynamics and emotional states, navigating the often tricky side to relationships. For Claudia, life is as equally malleable as fiction and she bends the narrative truth of both towards each other until they meet. Her works are imaginary negotiations of real relationships and real feelings.⁠

Oscillating between painting and textile, both mediums hum with the same energy. The depictions of Claudia’s characters are large, bold, and cartoonish. She employs a sometimes coded colour palette, but always primary and bright. With a playful ease, Claudia embraces ugliness with no subject or bodily aspect too taboo for the canvas. Dressing herself and her associates in a range of real and made up personas, the audience is invited to do the same. In a world where everything is real and everything is made up, you can be anyone you want.⁠



artisan and New Zealand's Artspace Aotearoa, are proudly partnering to deliver the Debra Porch Award being offered by The Australia Council. Debra Porch was a friend and former exhibitor of artisan, and we are deeply honoured to be helping facilitate her legacy of practice-based inquiry.  Debra Porch’s practice focused on memory, mortality and the relationship between presence and absence. Working and teaching during art residencies in our neighbourhood regions became vital to her art, work and life.  In honour of Debra Porch’s life’s work, this award will support the artists, and will stimulate strong connections and build long-term engagement. The residency will introduce the artists to the local sector and assist with research and network building with relevant communities. The artists will also have the option to share an artist talk or participate in a public program at the end of the residency period.  

Above image courtesy of Sam Hartnet + bio courtesy of Jhana Millers Gallery.

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