Review: Empowering the Extraordinary Dakinis Reception @ Tibet House Fri 5/20

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.

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Review: The Tibet House like the German Consulate, Scandinavia House, and the Japan Society elsewhere in Manhattan has created its own art hub niche in Chelsea.

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All eyes on Fujita-san

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.

Dolls with traditonal Tibetan costumes greet the visitors

Dolls with traditonal Tibetan costumes greet the visitors

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”.

This is me - Rima Fujita posing in front of her painting

Rima Fujita strikes a pose in front of her painting.

Traditional Tibetan music

Traditional Tibetan music

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.

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Like a dancing Shiva

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:

What dreams are - this one brought me back to one of the Indian paintings of my childhood

What dreams are – this one brought me back to one of the Indian paintings of my childhood

Hindu folk art and Tibet paintings with a slight manga twang, perhaps a nod to her Japanese heritage.

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Portrait by Rima Fujita

Looking at her works, I could quickly pick out elements from the paintings of Krishna that once hung on my family walls. Very clever.

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All smiles and art

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.

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Love is in the air

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.

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It is an emotional story of an artist who is giving a modern spirit back to a people who have tragically lost so much.

The exhibits runs until Aug. 4.

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