poster for Naoko Majima "Fey"

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In 1959, Majima was just 15 when the Isewan Typhoon hit Japan and caused massive destruction. Despite the intensity of this "primitive scenery" filled with death, drawing from her experience of survival, Majima's work is overflowing with vitality.

In her past works, "cells" tirelessly repeat mitosis on the paper surface, growing into clusters, breeding and fighting over their expansion toward every corner. However, Nature struck again and brought a new change to the style Majima had been cultivating for years.

Last year's triple disaster put a halt to Majima's creation, but when she took her pencil again, the "cells", as if awakened to consciousness, organize to build skeleton-like structures, starting to shape stories. Already dead at the very instant of their birth, the "Fey" bear on their heads substantiated emotions and memories. From the boundary of oblivion, they seem to silently communicate us the magnificent power of the relentless spriral of "life" and "death".

[Image: Naoko Majima, "Fey (detail)" (2011) pencil on paper, 148 × 80 cm, photo: Kei Miyajima]



From 2012-04-11 To 2012-05-19


Naoko Majima



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