Nobuko Watabiki’s art comprises numerous images that remind us more of mythological times and fabulous beings than of questions of (in-) equality. The truth, in this case, lies less in our hasty associative capacity than in the obvious. For what is a mermaid and what is a mushroom when both appear in Nobuko Watabiki’s pictures? These are two unequal beings, for they are generally not attributed to our classification systems: one of them is a hybrid creature, between human and fish, and the other cannot be distinctly classified either as animal or as plant. With such “fabulous” or “irregular” hybrids, the issue of inequality as a precondition of life imposes itself. It is a common thread in Nobuko Watabiki’s entire work, both in the combination of differing and mutually unfamiliar motifs and in the shapes which, though resembling one another, still vary immensely in terms of size, colour and inner graphic structure.Read More
Nobuko Watabiki has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Japan and abroad. She lives in Hamburg and Tokyo.
Text courtesy Micheko Galerie.