Nana TAMAMOTO ---
Condemned to be an Artist
particularly a fatalist, but I believe some people in the world are condemned
to follow particular professions.
Typical of these are the best athletes in the world as well as actors or
actresses, singers, and artisans in the highest level. Also, I think we can find such people among
management executives and politicians who are destined to lead other
couldn’t have gotten their careers without having made a tremendous amount of
efforts. It is because they have kept
their high motivation and continued to practice much harder than anyone
else. However, given the fact that the
overwhelming majority in the world will not be repaid for the same amount of
efforts, I have to say that such people are destined and called to choose those
Nana Tamamoto is
condemned and called to be an artist.
She has come a
long way: having lived as a child in the world of nothing but colors and very
blur images because of her weak eyes.
Having regained her eyesight miraculously at the time when she was a
junior high-school student and become completely engaged in drawing, being
overwhelmed by her realization that the world is full of objects with clear,
straight lines. Having studied drawing when she was a high-school student by going to Kyoto
Prefecture every weekend from Toyama Prefecture where she lived at that
come to believe firmly that she was destined to be an artist through the
experience of losing her health and lingering on the verge of death through
overwork after she had gotten a job. All
of these various experiences have formed what she is now.
Talking about her
style, she usually overdraws strong colors on a surface of a board etc. made
uneven by fabrics and strings attached to it.
Colors she uses are sometimes so heavy that they remind us of human
blood or flesh. Human eyes and faces,
cocoon-shaped protrusions, and cell-looking forms covering a surface also evoke
emotions from deep inside of our spirit, and we ourselves can’t even explain
what those emotions are. What people
show and what they hide, beauty and ugliness of human nature, and life and
death. All these various elements are
agitated together and sublimed into one artwork. It looks as if it embodies the chaotic
universe, or love and compassion that envelop everything.
Also, because of
her rich originality in style, among people who look at her works, some are
deeply moved by them, and others reject them.
In that sense, her works could be considered as a sort of powerful drug.
Artworks that are
moderately nice and armed with the knowledge, and don’t forget to conform
themselves to the current style. Such
works are now becoming the mainstream of the current art industry. Obviously, Nana Tamamoto, who has become an
artist because she is condemned to, doesn’t fit this category. Now, one must wonder which one has the
universal value that a true masterpiece alone possesses.
appreciate her works, will be the one to decide.
If you free
yourself from your prejudices and face her artworks with an innocent mind,
you’ll find yourself content with your decision.
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