Japanese, born 1984
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Intent on fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a cartoonist, Rin graduated from the Nippon Designers School in 2005 and worked for four years as a graphic designer before taking time off to travel and study in France for a year. Her main theme is otome, the "young maiden" in contemporary Japanese culture. In her best-known series, Rin pays homage to Hokusai with illustrations of girls dressed in school uniforms or kimono and placed in settings culled from the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Rin's use of artistic appropriation and digital reproduction queries the concept of originality, asking what it means to make art in the age of the down-loaded image. She finds promising solutions in clever juxtapositions of the past and the rapidly evolving present.