Introducing Heritage Hill Artist-in-Residence, Motoko Katsuta Kitano.

New Heritage Hill Artist-in-Residence, Motoko Katsuta Kitano has now started working from her studio in the Benga House Lounge Room and will be with us until late February 2015.

Motoko Katsuta Kitano is an international multidisciplinary artist who studied painting and sculpture in Japan, USA and Hungary. She lived in Germany for six years, which exposed the diversity of artistic expression in the epicentre of European contemporary art.

“I am fascinated by the diversity of our lives, ever changing with the passage of time. This gives me hope and inspiration. I grew up in Japan, every day listening to my mother’s Tanka and Haiku poetry. Her intuition and talent for conveying imagery containing emotion within four seasons in Japan is a gift I will always treasure. My father’s painting was another great influence, as well as Japanese Literature and Calligraphy from my grandparents.

Now I am in Australia, an entirely new continent to me, yet a land so ancient. I plan [to develop] a pictorial diary, expressing the imagery that comes from my heart and mind, in my own abstract style. I [will] capture the feeling each day, inspired by my interaction with my surroundings at Heritage Hill, its people and culture.”

Motoko Katsuta Kitano will be working with local Greater Dandenong Community to create a large boat and small origami boats as a response to ideas of migration throughout our ancient and contemporary world.

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“We make these boats, hoping they will reach their destination. Our heart will always remember our ancestors, our pioneers, our people, our children.”

Upcoming public programs Motoko will be participating in:

Monday 26 January from 3.30pm

Motoko will be participating in an origami paper crane folding and display opportunity at the Australia Day Festival in Dandenong Park, Cnr Pultney & Foster streets, Dandenong. More information about the festival at www.greaterdandenong.com/australiaday

Sunday 1 February 1-3pm

Motoko will be participating in the newly established Heritage Hill Artist-in-Residence Open Studios program on Sunday 1 February 1-3pm.

Art and craft lovers are invited to explore the studios of Heritage Hill’s Artists-in-Residence on the first Sunday of the month. Guests are welcome to visit the artists to observe their practice and discuss their work. Bookings are encouraged. Contact Heritage Hill on (03) 9793 4511 or heritagehill@cgd.vic.gov.au

Friday 27 February 11am-12.30pm Motoko will also be hosting an artist tour through Dandenong, as Heritage Hill begins a new tour experience with the current Artists-in-Residence, exploring Dandenong “from their eyes”. Starting at Heritage Hill, the artist will take participants through Dandenong, touring by foot and discovering hot spots and the artist’s favourite locations for art, culture, food and inspiration. You may finish your tour at the artist’s chosen place for lunch, where you will be welcome to join them. Lunch costs are additional to tour costs. Join Motoko on the tour on Friday 27 February from 11am-12.30pm. Bookings are essential and can be made through Heritage Hill on (03) 9793 4511 or heritagehill@cgd.vic.gov.au

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