Idea Behind the Artwork
by Fujiko Isomura

From a survey of Madison Art Center, Education Department, The Wisconsin Triennial, 1999.
1. Who and what have influenced your art?
Several years of living in the U.S. certainly has influenced. Some of these influences include Traditional Japanese Art, popular art, various cultures, and the American painter Lilly Martin Spencer.
2. When did you decided to become an artist? Why?
In Japan when I was in kindergarten I noticed that I had an ability to cover mistakes in drawings and make them nicer, I thought that I was a genius. When I realized that I was not good at any other subjects, except art in grade school, I decided to become an artist.
3. Tell us about the content of your work. Does it contain metaphors for particular issues or ideas, for example? If so, what are they?
(See Artist Statement for reference.) I would prefer the viewers to think or feel about my artwork without my explanation first. Everybody must feel something out of the clash of popular icons I use and use of gold leafing on top of computer prints. If a viewer knows Japanese art history, she/he would be able to connect to some old Japanese paintings to realize why these popular icons are in the same space. The more you know about art history, Japanese culture, popular images from America and Japan, more you realize the point I make. However, if you have no information what so ever but still feel something funny about my art piece, you get the point also. Because after all, art is both the experience of the artist and of the viewer.
4. Tell us about the process of making your work.
Since the subject is based on my own experience, new ideas and images are subconsciously evoking and stored in the back of my mind from every day life. The process of making my artwork starts by looking for images randomly from books, magazines, etc. When I see the right image the whole idea of a new piece simply strikes/flashes in my mind. After that I start looking for the materials consciously. Sometimes it needs more flavor, so I go to the library or talk to people for researching ideas. Once I gathered enough material and information I scan the images into a computer, collaging and manipulating the images in the computer until everything works together. I print out this computer generated image with an Encad Ink Jet Printer on water color paper, applying gold leaf on top of the printed image. Then use Gouache, ink, color pencils to touch up or bring out some details and refine the color.

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