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Rei Ukon

My name is Rei Ukon and I am a queer and trans Japanese collage artist with a fascination for the hidden, spiritual world. My works reflect a journey of understanding the relationships that make up our lives and towards inner peace. Specifically, collage has been a healing medium. The act of taking an existing material to create from imagination mirrors the experience of holding queerness and transness together in forging identity. Each tear in a piece of paper represents a process of letting go and embracing imperfections while awaiting the unique surprises each tear can offer. My personal experience with art making inspires me to share its transformative nature with others. Through workshops and classes, I aim to cultivate safe spaces for creation. Currently, I am a Teaching Artist at the Banana Factory, Lehigh University Art Galleries, and the Art Establishment.

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