Celebrating diversity, the latest audio-only social media platform, Clubhouse, recently unveiled visual artist Drue Kataoka as their new icon, making her the first Asian-American woman to earn this recognition. Here’s all you need to know about her. By Bayar Jain
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Clubhouse recently unveiled a new app icon featuring visual artist Drue Kataoka. With this, she becomes the first Asian-American woman to be the face of the exclusive invite-only app.
A social activist fast gaining recognition on Clubhouse, Kataoka has been leveraging her art to bust boundaries between art, science, and technology since the app’s inception in March 2020, notes Forbes. With 7,00,000 followers, the Tokyo-born artist encourages conversations about hate crimes, racial stereotypes, and her biracial identity. Reports suggest that Kataoka also has dabbled in women’s rights, infant mortality, and international activism.
Her actions, however, go beyond the spoken word. As a founder of Drue Kataoka Art Studios, Kataoka—in partnership with Dr Bernice King, CEO of The King Center—helped raise over USD 1,00,000 (approximately INR 72,539,190) using the platform in an attempt to fight racial injustice. Her self-initiated #StopAsianHate campaign and fundraiser reportedly surpassed its initial USD 10,000 (approximately INR 725,390) goal within the first hour, and eventually went on to raise over USD 85,000 (approximately INR 61,65,800) for Asian American Federation.
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Today, the Silicon Valley-based artist has displayed her works in over 30 countries, and beyond Earth’s frontiers, too. The experimental artist has reportedly sent her artworks—each of which celebrates diverse mediums like virtual reality (VR), electroencephalography (EEG), and mobile—to the International Space Station to feature in the first “zero gravity art exhibition.” According to Forbes, she has not only served as a Cultural Leader and Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (WEF) but is also one of the few solo artists to put up a show at the WEF meeting in Davos.
With regards to Clubhouse itself, she has reportedly played an instrumental role in convincing the app’s leadership team to launch a donation feature to support causes and non-profit organisations directly on the platform. The mirror sculptor also founded The Art Club, a 97,000-follower-strong art club on Clubhouse, reportedly the oldest and biggest of its kind.
Notably, Clubhouse routinely changes its logo for several weeks. Previously, podcaster, Espree Devora; singer-songwriter, Axel Mansoor, startup promoter, Erika Batista; and guitarist, Bomani X have been the face of the app. Currently exclusive to iOS and limited Android devices, Clubhouse is entirely invitation-based.
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