oil pastel on heavy Japanese paper canvas mounted on board
Cartier Art, Number 14, Seduction, p. 32
Nobuko Watabiki's charming, humorous works belie the deep introspection and painful path of self-discovery and artistic exploration which is their source. The titles the artist provides, words such as "emptiness," "resignation," and "sorrow," are the only hint that her colorful compositions derive from retrospective self-analysis and the working through of past experiences. Indeed, the humor and simplicity of her works seems an act of catharsis.
Early figurative work has given way to more abstract forms, and Watabiki uses a large, thick Japanese paper as the support for meticulous strokes in oil pastel. Her expressive mark-making technique raises the paper's fibers and creates a complicated surface texture that is beautifully infused with color.
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