by Fujiko Isomura
From a survey of Madison Art Center, Education Department, The Wisconsin Triennial, 1999.
|1. Who and what have influenced
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?|
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.