noriko aoyama

NORIKO AOYAMA ⁄ 青山紀子

Profile

I became interested in the subconscious and women's issues from the conflicts I had with my parents and the harassment I received in society. By deconstructing and reconstructing various motifs and expressing them, I am trying to imagine the feelings of people living in an absurd world.
私は両親との葛藤や社会で受けたハラスメントから、無意識下にあるものや女性問題に関心を持つようになった。様々なモチーフを解体し再構成して表現することで、不条理な世界に生きる人の気持ちを想像しようとしている。
CV
・1983 : Graduated from Nihon University College of Art
・1983-1985 : Worked as an assistant photographer
・1985 : Became independent as a freelance commercial photographer
・1993 : Established AOYAMA NORIKO Ltd.
・2015 : Started creating fine art works in earnest

Awards
2021
“ My Mindfulness “
・LensCulture’s Critics’ Choice 2021_Editor’s Picks
・17th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2021_Professional_Fine Art _Honorable Mentions
・PX3 - The Prix de la Photographie_2021_Professional _Fine Art _Honorable Mentions
・International Photography Awards 2021_Professional _Fine Art / Collage_Honorable Mentions

2019-2020
“ My Mother’s Life : A Woman from the Showa Era“
・Critical Mass2020_Finalist Top 200
・PX3 - The Prix de la Photographie_2020_Professional _FineArt / Other _Honorable Mentions
・International Photography Awards_2020_Professional _Deeper Perspective_Honorable Mentions
・15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards_2019_Professional_Women Seen by Women_Honorable Mentions

2018-2019
“ Articulating the Subconscious Mind“
・15th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2019_Professional_Abstract_Honorable Mentions
・International Photography Awards 2018_Professional _Fine Art-Collage_Honorable Mentions

Activities
・2021 : selected as one of the 10 selected artists in the SNS project of the Brazilian photography media "FestFoto"
・2021 : Samuraifoto group exhibition
・2020 : Solo exhibition - Gallery Storks
・2020 : SAMURAIFOTO group exhibition
・2019 : NOVOSIBIRSK INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY PHTOGRAPHY in Russia
・2018 : Portfolio Reviews at FOTOFEST international (Houston)
・2017-2018 : SAMURAIFOTO group exhibition

Projects

In "Articulating the Subconscious Mind," I abstracted nature to express my negative feel-ings. In "My Mother's Life: A Woman from the Showa Era," I used ceramics as a motif to express my mother's dignity that existed in her deep sadness at being dominated by my father throughout her life. During the Corona pandemic, as I sorted through my old photos, I realized that I had been stuck in the past. I decided to concentrate on living in the present by combining photos from the past and present , focusing only on the interesting composition, to create "My Mindful-ness". As I continued to look at myself and talk to people through these works, I have become aware of the sorrows of many women. I would like to pursue expressions that are close to the pain of women’s lives.

"Articulating the Subconscious Mind"では、自然を抽象化して自分のネガティブな感情を表現した。 「母の人生-昭和の女」では、陶器をモチーフとして父に生涯支配された深い悲しみの中にある母の誇りを表現した。 コロナパンデミックの中で、私は昔の写真を整理しながら自分が過去に囚われていた事に気がついた。今を生きる事に集中しようと思い、構図の面白さだけに着目して過去と現在の写真を組み合わせてできた作品が「私のマインドフルネス」である。 私は自分を見つめ続けこれらの作品を通して人と話をすることで、多くの女性の悲哀に気がついた。今後女性の生き辛さに寄り添った表現を追求していきたいと思っている。

“ My Mindfulness“ (2021- ) / 「私のマンドフルネス」
It was the quote by psychologist Alfred Adler, “The most important question is not whence? but whither?" that gave me an epiphany and made me realize that I had been trapped by my own past. From then on, I let go of any attachment I had to the photographs I had taken in the past, and thus I made selections based solely on whether the composition or balance was interesting, combining them with the current photographs. Focusing on the "here and now" has allowed me to see, little by little, where I want to go.
心理学者アルフレッド・アドラーの「最も重要な問いは、どこからではなく、どこへである」という言葉にハッとさせたれた。私は過去に縛られていたと気づいたからだ。それから私は過去の自分の写真に対する一切の思い入れを捨て、構図やバランスの面白さだけに注目して選び、今の写真と組み合わせた。「今、ここ」だけに集中するとどこへ進みたいのかが少しずつ見えてきた。
・Media Size : 610x540mm(24x21.3inch), Image Size : 470x470mm(18.5x18.5inch) / Edition:5
・Media Size : 514x420mm(20.2x16.5inch), Image Size : 361x361mm(14.2x14.2inch) / Edition:10
・Media:Japanese traditional paper (Bamboo Paper)
・Number of worksː 15
・Project progressː Ongoing

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My Mother’s Life : A Woman from the Showa Era- (2019- )
My mother was born in 1932, during the Showa era. It was considered a virtue that the wives at that time should be obedient to the husbands. My father was authoritarian and tyrannical and my mother had obeyed him, like a slave. I had been looking down on her way of life. But seeing my mother taking care of my father devotedly until the day he died, my way of thinking about my mother’s life had changed. I think my mother just fulfilled her role as a woman in the Showa era. She might have struggled with my father’s tyranny and resigned herself to her fate. She had accepted everything and lived strongly. In my artworks, I want to express her inner fortitude as a woman living through the era of the Showa.
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昭和7(1932)年生まれの母の時代、日本女性は夫に従順である事が美徳とされた。私は権威主義的で横暴な父に隷属する母を軽蔑していたが、父が亡くなるまで世話をする姿を見て、母はその時代の女性に課せられた役目を立派に果たしてきたと感じたのだ。苦しみや諦めの中にあった母の女性としての誇りを表現しようと試みた。
・Media Size: 420x594mm(16.5x23.4inch),image size:363x544mm(14.3x21.4inch), Edition:10
・Media Size: 329x483mm(13x19inch),image size:289x432mm(11.4x17inch),Edition:10
・Media: Japanese traditional handmade paper (Washi)
・Number of worksː 15
・Project progressː Finished

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Articulating the Subconscious Mind (2017- )
I couldn't accept the idea of natural objects such as rocks, water and land. I have tried to discover what is hidden behind my subconscious mind by reconstructing what they really are. Some complicated feelings toward my parents, which I have never expressed in words before are reflected in my photographs and I realized those feelings had tormented me without knowing by myself. In order to relief myself from the negative feelings and regain the balance of life, I will confront the source of my unconscious mind.
私は自然の岩や水、大地といった概念を否定し、自分の中で再構築する事で無意識下にある物を探ろうとしている。両親に対する言葉にしてこなかった複雑な思いが写真に写り込んでいて、意識の外で自分を苦しめていたことに気がついたからだ。負の感情から解放され心の均衡を取り戻すために、私はこれからも無意識下にある物と対峙していく。
・Media Size: 420x594mm(16.5x23.4inch),image size:363x544mm(14.3x21.4inch), Edition:10
・Media Size: 329x483mm(13x19inch),image size:289x432mm(11.4x17inch), Edition:10
・print media: Hahnemühle German Etching
・Number of worksː 15
・Project progressː Finished

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