Muralist, illustrator, animator and narrator, Akisiew (AKA Kim Siew) is a rising Sydney artist who creates works that aim to 'tell stories'. Exhibiting her work on and off the streets since 2010, Akisiew has immersed herself in both curatorial and art making work.
Her main inspiration, that of stories 'told or overheard', is extremely important to her practice. The concept of creativity, travel and movement through life actively influences the imaginative aesthetic of her murals and illustrations.
This deeply felt fascination with stories is whimsically expressed through her two predominant practices, graphic-based imagery and collage. The former concentrates on simple, flat images that are composed using bright blocks of colour, whilst the latter uses paper collage, fine tip pens and pencils worked by Akisiew onto wood surfacing. “Both styles have a Japanese aesthetic, the first more in the sense of stationary and food packaging, the second in a kind of Japanese woodblock sensibility”.
Akisiew’s studio is (suitably) like something out of a long-standing fairytale, situated in the backroom of her tumbling-down cottage and opening out onto a garden full of sunlight, hanging plants, colour, cushions and throws. In the midst of storytelling, Kim has gone on her own adventures, riding from Manali to Leh in India “through the snow walls” on a Royal Enfield motorcycle, working with food aficionados Cornersmith on pickles and relishes, and offering paper art and mural workshops for children who love to create.
In the future, Akisiew would love to live and work in Paris and Madrid “as an artist, above a coffee shop with window shutters that open up onto the European streets”.