Following on from the work by Core246 and Kaes in Shoreditch last week for the performances’ from artist Ayakamay at the Red Gallery (covered here), the duo last week hit up a second large-scale mural under the same theme on the premises of the Red Gallery at the corner of Old Street and Rivington Street. Yet again Japanese performance artist Ayakamay was the inspiration for the work.
Ayakamay is a Japanese American performance artist, whose work sets to explore the interrelationship between photography and performance, combining image-making with fantastically constructed but intimate live experiences. Ayakama simultaneously appropriates traditional Japanese cultural aesthetics and creates a dialogue with contemporary American urbanity and femininity, setting to create a hybrid cultural identity reflected in her practice as fantasy and reality submersed.
The latest mural departs from the more Graffiti driven style of last weeks work in Shoreditch and on this occasion took a much more realistic depiction as the focus of the stunning mural. The pair spent some three days at work on this beautiful depiction of Ayakamay that now just dominates this corner of London. Ayakamay’s residency at the Red Gallery may now be over, but what Shoreditch is left with is a lovely piece that aptly reflects upon the cultural diversity within London as a city.