Period Of September The 4 Days To 27 Days, At The Nishi-Azabu · CALM Ando PUNK GALLERY, Illustrator · Esther Kim
Solo Show “I’M Pink And Blue For You,” Was Held. It LA Base Is Now But When I Was A Teenager
Sometimes Lived In Japan, This Exhibition In Japan For Her Felt Like There Was A Special Feeling.
Is Also The Girlfriend Of The Portrait “Esther Bunny” It Is, Have A Look Cute Look Is Actually A Variety Of Facial Expressions,
Show Also Calm Sometimes. Esther Bunny And Sequence Exhibition Has Been A Girl Of Portrait Also
Received A Why Grown-Up Impression. Exhibition Was A Great Success With Her fans More Fan Every Day, I Heard The Talk About Work.


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Whether You Were Interested About When To ■ Illustration And Ira Slater?
I Liked Painting From A Young Age. Grandma, I To The White Paper Of A Drawing
I Had Me Bring. I Was Beginning To Have The Consciousness To Their Art At The Time Of The Elementary School,
That Time Is Not Know Isnt Whether Still The Thing Good At. So When In Elementary School Sixth Grader Who Moved To Japan,
Friends Around Is Not Very Refined Painting, I Noticed That You Are Good At.
At The Same Time, I Had Thought I Do Not Have Talent For Painting Is To Myself. Then When I Was A Student,
Also Now I Want To Try To Draw The Illustrations. Painting In A More Niece Full Themselves
Would Like To Express, I Began Painting Again From There .

Esther Illustrations Are ■ High Fashion And Affinity, Myself
I’M Enjoying The Fashion. Please Tell Me Did You Fall In Love With Fashion.

I Guess Is The First Fashion Magazine In My Life That I Bought At The Airport At The Time Of The 12 Old–Year. Much Fashion Magazine Is
Like Really, I Thought I Also Want To Work In Practice In The Old Days Magazine. Fashion For Me,
Is A Way To Express Whether The Opinion And Interests, Upbringing, What Is In Society Is Going . The Kind Of Thing
I Like Fashion A Story That Is Told. That Suit Themselves, To Express What
There Is Also A Kind Of Game To Find. Please Tell Us Your Favorite Fashion Brand ■. When you Recently, Marques Almeida, Are Asley Williams And Jiwinaia Is Really A Favorite. ■ In This Exhibition, But It Was Side-By-Side Portrait And Esther Bunny Illustration Of Girl. Although I Was Feeling A Little Change In The Picture So That Over The Years With You, How Do? In A Sense, I Am Isolated As An Artist. It Did Not Go To Art School, I Lived In LA, Not That Acquainted With Other Illustrators Toka Fashion Lovers. Strangely, Nante Do I Need Pushed For Many Of You Want To Do Is Their Own Seems Like I It Did Not Know. This Exhibition, For Going With Something Changes In A More Personal Was Also A Small Step. But My Work Is I’M Cute, Are You Interested In That They Mix Something. Maybe, With 90 Pasento Cool , It’S Just Good At About 10 Pasento Cute Element. If All The Proportion Of And Become Closer To The Cute, It Becomes Boring. So More Interesting, The True Of Myself Trying To Change The Perception That Can Be Expressed.
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■ In The Statement, “Esther Bunny Is Also In Their Own Portrait,” And
I Think Was Telling Me. Bunny In To Have The Emotions, As If I Were Alive,
I Feel Even So Were Often Sad Expression In The Exhibited Works. Please Us About Bunny Tell Illustrations.

Creative People, I Think That Also Has A Little Melancholy Side.
Originally It Was I Thought I’M Just A Happy Person, Melancholy When Subjected To Psychological Testing
Was Surprised To Know Even Personality. But, “For Example , It Is Usually Probably. “The Friends Who Are Always Together
Been Told. It’S Very Sensitive And Creative People.
So, Bunny Is Simply Represents My Most Pure Feelings. Or Very Interesting,
Or Tired, Or I Was Happy, Or Have A Mobile just stared.

Should Also Look You Through My Shy Side Also Bunny. I’M Certain Is Sociable,
It Has Been Projected On The Bunny Figure The Place That Also Has A Very Quiet Personality At The Same Time. Esther Bunny,
Always Looking At The Next To Toka Diagonal, Mouth Or Not Almost Open, But It Is Not Even Moving.
Always Staring At The Current Situation, We Are Peeping. Me As A Sensation

Majority Of Identity The,
Have A Slightly Different Sense As Outsiders And Foreigners, I’M Just Staring At The Status Quo.
It Is Possible To Imagine The Situation From A Variety Of Cuts, It Is When The Occasionally Difficult To Hold A Strong Opinion
There . So, It Takes A Very Long Time To Formulate The Idea. Maybe Bunny Unconsciously
I Think That Kind Of I Have Also Captured.


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■ Mix Contains The Values Of The Three Countries Their Growth Process In The Portrait Of This Girl
I Had Been Expressed. Or Drew To Imagine A Friend? Or, Is Fictional Model?

I Drew A Fictitious Girl. Yet Fiction Also Is Also The Ideal Girl .
To Fashion Love And Always Be Looking At A Beautiful Model Of The Magazine I Think Are Related.

■ Have You Ever Remember Complex, The Dilemma For The Value Of The Mix Was Himself?
I Have Been Reminded Enough To Say No And. You Can Not Get Out From There.
Always Friends And People Who Are Together, We Have A Totally Different Belief Systems With Me.
The People Who Say That You Have The Same Idea With Me, I Do Not Stay Together Comfortably.
Communication Method Of The United States, The Method Of Communication With Japan Toka Korean Friends
Are Different. I Myself, You Notes To The In A Variety Situation Of Ways, But People Expect
I Like Hardly The Reaction In Such A Way That Was Not. But Whether Being In Any Culture
And Should Not Care Nante, Opinions Will Be My Core

I Remember What Also Was Said A Good Advice With.
That Said, To Still Get Tired, I Have Normally Also Think That I Want Fit In One.


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■ Although We Often Come To Japan, Do You Feel Something I Same Place As Different Place And Japan Of A Teenager?
When I Was A Teenager, If You Excuse Me, The Japanese Artist, Totally And They
Did Feel Like Away. So, As Creator In Japan A Spent The Teens
That You Are Now Work, I’M Glad To Not Be Really Believe.
Culture I Am Grateful To Japan That Has A Culture That Is To Take Care Of.

Kind Of Future What Do You Want To Work ■?
I Want To Make A Costume Jewelry And Fashion Items Of More Esther Bunny.
After That, I Want Also To Hold Exhibition In The Gallery.

Please Tell Us ■ About The Future Of The Project.
We Have Moved Towards The Interesting Projects, Personal Projects
And We Are Moving On The Fly.


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Were You 1. When Interested In The Illustration / Illustrator?
I Enjoyed Drawing When I Was A Child. My Grandmother Would Find
Sheets Of Blank Paper For Me To Draw On. In Elementary School
I Received Some Attention For My Art But I Did Not Understand That
It Was Something I Might Be Good At. When I Moved To Japan
In Sixth Grade The Kids Were So Sophisticated And Very Good At
Drawing So I Thought That I Had No Talent For It And Moved On.
When I Was In College I Began Want Draw To Again To. I Felt Like
I Wanted To Express Myself More Fully And So I Began Drawing Again.

Is Illustration 2. Your Close To Fashion And Also You Love Fashion. When Did You Get Into Fashion? I Remember The First Magazine I Ever Bought Was At The Airport When I Was Twelve Years Old. I’Ve Always Loved Fashion Magazines And Actually Wanted To Work At A Magazine When I Was Younger. For Me Fashion Is A Personal Expression Of Ideas, One’S Interests, Upbringing And What Is Going On In The Society At Large. I Love The Story It Tells. Also It’S Kind Of A Game To Find Things That Suits Oneself And Expresses Something.

Tell Me 3. Please Your Favorite Fashion Brands!
Currently I Really Love Marques Almeida, Ashley Williams, And Jiwinaia.

This Exhibition 4. In, You Showed Both Girls And Esther Bunny’S Illustrations.
I Feel They Seem To Be Changed A Bit Like Growing Up With You.
What Do You Think This Change?

In A Way I’M Very Isolated As An Artist. I Not Go To Did Art School.
I Live In LA And I Do Not Know Other Illustrators Or Many Fashion
People Here. As Strange As It Sounds I Did Not Know That I Had To
Push In Order To Do More Things That I Want Do To. Exhibition This
Was A Small Step In Pushing Something More Personal And Different.
My Work Is Cute But I’M Interested In Something When It Is A Mix.
Maybe It Is 90 Pasento Cool And 10 Pasento Cute. If It Is All Cute Get A Bit I
Bored So I’M Trying To Change That Perception Of Me To Something
More Interesting And Real To Who I Am.

Said In 5.As You The Statement, Bunnies Are Also A Portrait Of Yourself.
Bunnies Have Various Of Faces, But I Saw Sad Faces A Lot.
Please Tell Me The Story Of Bunnies Illustrations.

I Think All Creative People Have A Bit Of A Melancholy Side.
I Thought I Was Just A Happy Person But I Took A Personality Test
And Was Surprised To Find I Was Melancholy But A Friend Who Was
With Me Said, Oh, That’S Normal. Creative People Are Very Sensitive.
So The Bunnies Are Just Emotion More Pure: Very Funny Or Tired Or
Happy Or Just Staring At Their Phone.

Also I Think It Also Show A Bit More Of My Shy Side.
I Think I Can Be Very Outgoing But I Also Have A Very Quiet
Reserved Side That I Think My Bunnies Capture. They Are Always
Looking Sideways And Their Mouths Are Not Really Open Or Moving.
They Are Quietly Watching The Situation, Peeking. In Some Sense
A Big Part Of My Identity Is Being An Outsider Or Foreigner Always
A Bit Different So I’M Watching The Situation. It’S Hard For Me
To Have A Strong Opinion Sometimes Because I The Situation Can Imagine
From Many Perspectives So I Take A Long Time To Process My Thoughts ….
I Think Without Realizing The Bunnies Capture That Side Of Me, Too.

Of Girls 6.The Portraits Express The Variance Of Your Upbringing.
Were You Inspired By Your Friend? OR Fictitious Girls?

I Draw The Girls From My Head. They Are Fictitious Girls
But Kind Of Idealized Girls. I Think That Goes Back To My Love Of Fashion,
Seeing Beautiful Models In Magazines All The Time.

Have You Ever 7. Felt Some Complex Or Dilemma For Mixture Values?
It’S Kind Of A Constant Struggle Of Ideas. I Can Not Give Up Any Of Them.
People I Get Along With Have Totally Different Beliefs System From Me.
People I Have Same System With I Belief Often Do Not Get Along With
Very Easily. American Types Of Communication Is Almost Opposite Of
How I Communicate With Japanese Or Korean Friends.
I Can React To A Situation In So Many Different Ways And Often
I Do Not React In Way That People I Was Expecting The.
But I Received Good Advice To Create A Core Version Of My Self
That I Can Be No Matter What Culture I’M In.
But Still Sometimes Its Tiring And I Wish I Was Just One Thing.

8. What Do You Think The Same / Different Points Of Japan Compared With Teenage Years?
When I Was A Teenager I Was Very Much In Awe Of Japanese Creators
And I Felt Very Apart And Far From Them. It’S Very Humbling And
So Amazing To Me Able To To Be Work As A Creator In Japan As A Grown-Up.
I’M Thankful To Japan As A Culture That Loves Culture.

Types Of 9. What Works Do You Want To Do From Now?
I Want To Make More Estherbunnies Accessories And Fashion Items
And I Also Want To Do More Gallery Shows.

Have Any 10.Do You Upcoming Projects?
I Am In Talks To Work On Some Interesting Projects And
Am Working On Personal Projects As Well.

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Interview and Text by Yukiko Oyama