Bottom Line: Vibrant colors, flamboyant imagery and seriously off-the-wall girliness, Rima Fujita’s artistic, eclectic style also packs a serious punch of female power. Empowering the Extraordinary Dakinis was full of surprises.
Along with the Rubin Museum and Asia Society, the Tibet House frequently showcase quality art from some very intriguing photographers and painters. A small, easy-to-miss entrance coyly disguises the gallery upstairs, which occupies the entire floor.
The turnout was fantastic as the crowd gathered around the main gallery to see the girl, beautifully poised with two hands raised in either side of her face, she stood there in silence as if to say, “This is me”.
Her impressive, pink silk gown only highlighted her flamboyant paintings that adored the wall, from very small studies to incredibly large fresque-like canvases that touched the ceilings.
Rima Fujita’s art might seem slightly cartoon-like, but its genius is that all of works tell a very personal story and contain so many influences:
Hindu folk art and Tibet paintings with a slight manga twang, perhaps a nod to her Japanese heritage.
Looking at her works, I could quickly pick out elements from the paintings of Krishna that once hung on my family walls. Very clever.
There was so much to see, and with each new work I saw, my mind burned with questions: What story does this tell? What part of her own life is she conveying? Or if it was all just a dream.
Ms. Fujita’s unique style is also matched by her generosity, donating the proceeds of her informative, childrens book to Tibetan refugee kids in India.
It is an emotional story of an artist who is giving a modern spirit back to a people who have tragically lost so much.