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Natane Rain Is and more art by Naoko Fujimoto

Natane Rain Is, 2020
18 x 24 inch (h x w)
USD 1 200
Found materials and ink on watercolor paper
for sale

Trans. has two meanings - Translate & Transport

Naoko Fujimoto translates her poems (that are written in English on flat paper) into words and images to create a contemporary picture scroll. The picture scroll in Japanese is Emaki (eh-MA-kee) and the style has been popular since the 7-16th centuries in Japan. It is still a widely recognized art style in Japan and the rest of the world. Emaki is akin to a current graphic novel / poetry / comic. One of the most famous Emaki is the Tale of Genji, which is a fictional (perhaps gossip) story about a handsome son of the emperor.

The graphic poetry project is also meant for the viewer to transport their senses from the flat paper and bridge the gap between words and images that will connect with their physical counterparts. Like a historical Emaki, there are side stories hidden behind some of the main graphic narratives— be they comedic or serious— for audiences to interpret. All of the details (choice of words, origami paper, or styles) have a specific meaning to contribute to the whole.



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other works by Naoko Fujimoto

Glyph: Graphic Poetry = Trans...., 2021
11 x 8.5 inch (h x w)

Dividing, 2020
24 x 18 inch (h x w)
Found materials and ink on watercolor paper

A Big Bowl of Beef Stew, 2020
24 x 18 inch (h x w)
Found materials and ink on watercolor paper

Protest Against, 2020
24 x 18 inch (h x w)
Found materials and ink on watercolor paper

Draw the Light, 2020
24 x 18 inch (h x w)
Found materials and ink on watercolor paper

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