GALLERY MoMo, Tokyo
Naomi Okubo: The ideas for my works come from an inferiority complex and my experiences in adolescence. As an adolescent, everyone starts to care about how other people think of their appearances.
I have experienced that people changed their attitude toward me when I changed my own appearance. I could change my image in their mind and succeed at building a better relationship with them. It made me realize the power of fashion and the fear of other’s watchful eyes. I have been interested in appearances ever since.
I’m also interested in how women's images have been treated in art, culture, and our society. In Tokyo, Japan, where I grew up and live, and in other developed nations, mass media provides us the images of created appearances, as well as the images of lifestyles and ways of spending our time.
We admire these images, and adopt them to create our own images, but we are overly exposed and consume these images so much, that we become confused about what is real and what is contrived. The consequence is that we become addicted to them.
However, the important things are always hidden by beautiful images. I think we need to find the underlying meanings especially now.
Although it seems like a personal issue, it is connected to greater problems and inconsistencies in the societies. In my works, I would like to show my thoughts on these problems and inconsistencies taken from my personal experiences.