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Amy Yoshikawa Couling is a Japanese Kiwi visual artist based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She grew up as a bilingual, 'bicultural kid' of Japan and Aotearoa New Zealand. She draws inspiration for her work from the rich symbolism in kimono patterns, ukiyoe woodblock prints and from her own family history.

Amy graduated with a degree in Japanese Language and Culture which included studying in Japan on scholarship. She also lived abroad in Europe for a few years before returning to Ōtautahi Christchurch to complete a degree in Applied Visual Art.

Amy strives to create more representation of women with mixed backgrounds like herself, and her art practice is an ongoing exploration of identity, place and belonging.

Amy's art practice ranges from ceramics, illustration, painting, printmaking, public art and sculpture. 

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Photos: Tetsuya Yamamoto

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