Tessa Kuragi is a London based artist and model of British, Asian and Jamaican heritage. Tessa loves to explore themes of eroticism and surrealism, usually tending through the uncomfortable part of art. At age of 19th, her career began, and she began working with famous photographers and participated in amazing collaborations. Tessa Kuragi expresses her sexuality through her work combined with fetishism, Shibari, BDSM, leather, and chains.
Tessa Kuragi work has always been a little dark, challenging and a little confusing. She acknowledges the influence of Nobuyoshi Araki, Koji Wakamatsu, Keira O’Reilly, Consequently, fnd others.
Tessa and her deep-rooted interest in psychoanalysis, explains her fascination with Sigmund Freud’s theories of pleasure and pain. Likewise, she has a strong interest in the unconscious fantasies and in dreams. So, she tries to express these ideas through her work. Consequently, fetishism and Shibari play an important role in her work. Actually, she always plays with the interaction of the symbolic, the imaginary, and the real.
Tessa has collaborated with several photographers to create amazing expositions and films. She explores her own sexuality and fetishism in all of her work.
Her last work, a collaboration with Nick Knight, where she explores her own sexuality with her amazing work as a model combined with the art of Shibari, which has been part of her work lately. Tessa Kuragi and Nick Knight, join forces to create a fashion oil and a series of provocative imagery entitled Tessa. This work is the product of over a year and a half of creative brainstorm between both artists.
Tessa has created a series of images in which Kuragi pushes her body to the limits. For her, this is an exploration of her sexuality. Either hanged, bounded, or caged in extreme positions, she always finds a medium for her fantasies.