Emma Kohlmann
Emma Kohlmann ― her name certainly comes up as one of the notable artists in recent years. Enveloped in an exotic atmosphere, her individualistic sense of style where she freely dons peculiar clothes is charismatic, and undoubtedly many readers have seen her on SNS and in other media. Her works― which are known to depict abstract human forms that question the status quo of gender and sex values― in the blurry lines in sumi-ink, in the tones of brilliant watercolors, in spite of being pop art something akin to anxiety or grief is palpable, and at a glance there are aspects that feel heavy, and gently reverberate into the depths one's heart. What she offered for Positive Messages was The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction, an essay penned by Ursula K. Le Guin, well known even in Japan as the author of the Chronicles of Earthsea, and artwork related to that essay. Her works harmonized with Le Guin’s essay, and when you read the essay again your interpretation becomes ever more clear; and taking a fresh look at her works after reading Le Guin’s words causes a change in the imagery, and you can appreciate a sort of mutual interaction between them.