Kaoru Mansour is a native of Japan working as a painter in Los Angeles. Her work combines black-and-white photographic transfers, paint, and embossed designs. She uses black lines to connect the various elements into a cohesive composition. In 1995, Mansour collaborated with the renowned soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to create a painting depicting the singer’s voice. This work was shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was purchased for the singer by her agency.
I began the Mori series three years ago after moving to a new home. The surrounding gardens are so lush, and I wanted to incorporate their beauty into my artwork. My primary focus is to associate colors and plants. The deep purple of grapes becomes eggplant in my palette and the lush greenery provides a variety of teals. After deciding on a color palette, I begin to look at the plant’s image more like an abstraction, combining forms and shapes in layers of paint and collage.