Crossing Gaze -- A mention of the work of Nana Tamamoto
There is a work entitled "Inside and Outside"(2011). It suggests
nothing about the inside with its outside painted all over in black. I
wonder how you feel when putting your hand on the door to open it. You
cannot resist being attracted by something concealed or mysterious, but
if you let the chance go past leaving without opening the door, you will
not be informed as to the truth locked in there.
work even shows a monumental appearance, and presents a symbolic expression of
the theme that the artist has consistently worked with. Everyone can keep up
appearances, but things about the inside do not go so simply. Tamamoto
continues to draw while seeing persistently a life as it is with cool,
realistic eyes without daring to reveal such condition.
artist tries to create a representational expression of human inner complexity
through several processes: firstly, resin pieces and round projections made by
filling cloth with wool and stitching up the cloth are covered over on a board.
Each object is different from every other one. These objects prevent
spectators' gaze from trying to trace smooth the surface, which sometimes
disturbs their emotion. After the uneven ground is completed, passionate,
strong colors are painted, but the colors, as if the brilliance were totally
denied, are once painted out.
each process of the production, you will find that a remarkable amount of time
has been put into this work. Are the repeated practices a waste of time? I don't think so: because I feel there is artist's
sincere attitude coming close to the truth of life as if spinning something
from it through accumulating persistent treatments while repeating
conversations with unvoiced voices. Her gaze, or gentleness, though I do not
know whether or not it is appropriate for me to call so, impresses me as
something likely to treasure a life that are complicatedly jumbled and can even
reveal its disgraceful condition. Covered with colors changing like rainbow
from red, yellow, blue to purple, the work finally emerges as an expression of
a kind of salvation.
there is a literally born artist, Nana Tamamoto is the very person worthy to be
called so. And, it might not be so significant to follow the chronology of her
artistic path, because artists' work constantly changes like their life itself.
It is lucky that you can observe their oeuvre as a contemporary of them. I
wonder how Tamamoto's work will begin to look when facing new phases at new
places. This never stops attracting appreciators of her work.
curator, Takaoka Art Museum