Amy Couling is a Japanese Kiwi visual artist from 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 intertwine Western and Eastern themes into her work to promote diversity and mutual understanding between people of different cultures.
Amy's art practice ranges from ceramics, illustration, painting, printmaking, public art and sculpture.
Photos: Federico Corradi