Natsuki Otake "Idola Specus"

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Heroines who appear in Japanese girls' comics. Female entertainers on television. Charmed by the dazzling aura of these girls since she was little, Natsuki Otake began to observe and express in her work the origin of that appeal during her studies at Tama Art University. She finally settled on the batik method, a technique that allowed her to achieve both brightness and vibrant color. A lot of thin batik-print silk fragments were put together in order to create her luminous surfaces.

In addition to a sense of security and fear of mediocrity, our competitive contemporary society is obsessed with self-realization. Female celebrities who have provided us with dreams and hopes since the 1960s have contributed to the rise of the cute "shojo" culture that can be seen everywhere in Japan. Then, after the 1990s, the significance of such girl figures and the way in which they were perceived in the minds of their audiences changed, along with an increase in its influence.

It is as if critical issues surrounding Japanese society today are seen through the gazes of these candy-colored girls.

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From 2009-01-16 To 2009-01-26
Exhibition Hours 12:00-20:00

Opening Reception on 2009-01-16 from 19:00 to 21:00

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Natsuki Otake

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