Name: Masako Gordon
Location: Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
In her early twenties Masako Gordon left Japan for the UK, a country of her long-term akogare. Based in London, she travelled widely in Europe, painting in each city she visited. Arriving in Australia in 1977, Masako fell in love with Australia, which was much more casual and easy-going than England, but she soon became aware of the negative perception of the Japanese held by some Australians. As a way into Australian society, she began working as a tour-guide and experienced both the Japanese tourism boom in the 1980s and its decline from the late 1990s onwards. Although she has always been a passionate artist, it was not until recently that she resumed her artistic work full time.In this interview, Masako tells us about her identity as Australian, her passion for art and her philosophy of life – “don’t wait for anything – if you want to do something, do it now”.