Aki Yaguchi | Artist

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Hi my names Aki. I am multidisciplinary artist based in Melbourne, and I explore my world through the use of my character, “Tobu Hime”.

YOU’VE GOT YOUR FOOT IN THE WORLDS OF STREET ART, GALLERIES, FASHION AND MUSIC.
DO YOU EVER FIND IT HARD JUGGLING THEM ALL ON TOP OF YOUR DAY JOB?

Yes I do!
I actually feel like I could do a bit more juggling if I’m honest.
I’ve always had a pretty steady day job to fund my creative endeavours,
I haven’t really found the particular avenue in which I could do more of what I love and survive.
I’m working on that more this year.


THERE’S NOTHING IN YOUR FRIDGE….WHERE ARE YOU EATING OUT AND WHAT ARE YOU ORDERING?

This is hard! I’m not very good at sticking to one place!
If this did happen to me, and we’re being realistic, I’d stay local and go to Figo. It’s my favourite Italian spot in the area, so good!
I keep their takeaway menu at home (mostly for their cute logo but also convenience).
I’d have to order the Gnocchi Burratina: home made potato gnocchi, tomato sugo, parmigiano, burrata.
And if I’m being naughty? Maybe a Cannolo Siciliano for dessert


YOU’RE MOST WELL KNOWN FOR TOBU HIME, THE FEMALE CHARACTER YOU ILLUSTRATE.
WAS THIS A MOTIF YOU’VE INTENTIONALLY BEEN WORKING ON AND EVOLVING OR WAS IT JUST SOMETHING THAT STUCK? 

A bit of both really!
At first it was something that stuck. I was always drawing people but I think at some point I got fed up with not having a specific style, so when I found her, I just didn’t stop.
Now she’s evolved into something more. I feel as if she represents a part of myself.  Just like me she changes and grows with time.

WATERPARK, WATERFALL OR WATER HOLE?

Hmm… watering hole beneath a waterfall? Is that an option?

 


NOT SO LONG AGO YOU MOVED INTO YOUR FIRST ART STUDIO. WHAT’S IT BEEN LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN
CREATIVE SPACE AND HOW HAS IT IMPACTED ON YOUR WORK FLOW?

Honestly it has been life changing.  I have never had a space to make so much mess!
Having one spot for all my supplies and artworks means I literally go there for one thing. It has boosted both productivity and morale tenfold!
There’s something so special about seeing all your work in one place. Couldn’t be more pleased.


NIGHT ON THE TOWN OR NIGHT ON THE BRUSHES?

BRUSHES! Without a doubt.

OUTSIDE OF ART YOU’RE ALSO A VERY TALENTED MUSICIAN, WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

That’s really lovely to say! Thank you!
My top three songs at the moment are
“The look of love” – Dusty Springfield
“I Melt With You” – Modern English
“Door” – Alfa Mist, Jordan Rakei
For studio time I’m obsessed with Soulection on Soundcloud.


WHO’S A CARTOON, MOVIE OR TV CHARACTER THAT YOU MOST RESEMBLE IN PERSONALITY?

This is a great question and so difficult to answer… I had to ask my mum to help…
She believes she sees a lot of the character “Satsuki” from “Totoro” in me!
I loved the film growing up, and I definitely related most to Satsuki’s character, so I think she’s right

WITH EVERYTHING YOU’VE DONE IN YOUR CREATIVE PURSUITS, IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU’RE STILL
WANTING TO ACHIEVE OR PURSUE?

There will always be things I wish to achieve. I don’t think the pursuit of achievements ever stop as a creative.
Because of COVID I wasn’t able to have my first ever solo exhibition (April 17th).
So that would have to be one of my biggest goals currently.

 

BIGGEST PET PEEVE?

I guess when people don’t “go” on the green light… that definitely makes me peevish


WHAT’S A MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT’S TAKEN YOUR BREATH AWAY?

There’s a particular bush walk along the Noosa trail in QLD that cuts through the most beautiful expanse of rolling hills. It’s near my childhood home.
I went on my own once. The feeling of complete isolation combined with the sound of the wind as it brushed through the grass and the leaves in the trees was so bewildering.
Being outside is truly wonderful, and in such a busy world, it is a gift to be able to experience such a sense of calm.

 

Aki is always creating and sharing her work online
so be sure to keep up with her day to day work on their instagram
Much love x