綿引展子 WATABIKI Nobuko

上 −《家族の肖像C+K》2019年 キャンバスに布(古着)
Familienportrait, C (Germany) + K (Japan), 2019, Cloth on canvas
下 − 石のインスタレーション 2018年 自然石に糸
Stone Installation, 2018, Stone, Thread

ハンブルク−ベルゲドルフ、ドイツ 2019年
Familienportrait, Künstlerhaus Hamburg – Bergedorf, Germany, 2019





小勝禮子 綿引展子・作品解説「アジアをつなぐ―境界を生きる女たち1984-2012」展図録(福岡アジア美術館ほか、2012年)より一部抜粋。



Born in Tokyo, Japan, 1958.  Lives and works in Hamburg, Germany.

Having made presentations of box art with pictures from her childhood as a motif since the 1980s, Watabiki Nobuko moved on to paintings on Japanese washi paper using oil pastels. What she paints is always people who are awkward, just as a part of her is, and who experience discord and strife in their interactions with others and society. She also paints the loneliness and anger of those who have been outcast. In 2008, she relocated to Hamburg, and has since also made old clothes and bed sheets into materials for patchwork-like cloth works. While she produces these, the content remains the same as her paper-based works. What led her to use cloth was apparently her desire to achieve a German color scheme via German cloth. However, Germans often comment that her works look Japanese to them.
It’s really that Watabiki’s inherent characteristic lies in the way she has changed the eerie into something humorous that sticks with the viewer. There is no doubt that she will continue to send her signal to the world, and without ever succumbing to loneliness or rejection.

-Excerpt from the comment about Watabiki Nobuko in Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012 (Exh.Cat.), Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, 2012 (Kokatsu Reiko / Translated by Sam Innes) 

She adopted that same method for the works in this exhibition, except she had several couples of different nationalities supply their old clothes. She combined the clothes of each couple and created the series Family Portrait. The theme was the current worldwide problems involving the influx of immigrants and refugees, which she saw from the point of view that she herself is an immigrant in German society. Based on this theme, she created huge cloth patchworks, seen as the various “portraits” of the different couples who respectively lived together, while also maintaining their own individualities and cultures. In some works, the clothes of one couple merged together without any discord, while in others, the cloths of a different couple clashed, due to the two conflicting characteristics. Watabiki exquisitely visualized the possibilities inherent in the diverse state of society that is created by human beings.

-Excerpt from Kokatsu Reiko, “The Shouts and Murmurs of Women-Did the Vulnerable Collective Change the World ?”, The Shouts and Murmurs of Women-the Vulnerable Collective Will Change the World (Exh.Cat.), egó eímai collective, 2020 (Translated by Nanpei Taeko)


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《楽園-心》 2020年 キャンバス、アクリル
Paradies – Herz, (Paradise – Heart), 2020, Acrylic on canvas


《家族の肖像M+S》 2020年 キャンバスに布(古着)
Familienportrait, M (Japan) + S (Switzerland), 2020, Cloth on canvas


《無題》 2019年 和紙にオイルパステル
Untitled, 2019, Oil pastel on japanese paper