THE FASHION OF ART
Teeming with competing fabric patterns, bold wallpapers, and subsequently semi-camouflaged subject matters, Japanese artist Naomi Okubo’s canvases over stimulate your senses…in a wonderful way. What could be aesthetically overwhelming in someone else’s hands is surprisingly well balanced in Okubo’s. Her use of fabrics, and focus on fashion in her work, serve as a continuing theme, as does the use of herself as all of the subject matters. As Okubo sees it, “people have generated a society that make visual images, like mass media and fashion, significant… 'Fashion' is an important tool for transmitting images...I focus on society through the fashion.” The result is a rare-balance of whimsically melancholic subjects existing harmoniously in landscapes of vivid colors and bold patterns.