Noriko Miyauchi treats the familiar as a theme to create a work graced by tradition and originality, captivating the attention of viewers with a mixture of beautiful colors that are presented from a philosophical viewpoint. The thoughts and feelings that go into each of her works deeply resonate in the hearts of viewers, drawing out emotions that have never been experienced before.
The abstract expressionism found in Miyauchi’s works are a reminder of the expressionists who flourished in the United States between the late 1950s to the 1960s. Her works are a reminder of the historic paintings of artists such as Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko, but they retain her outstanding and delicate sense of color. Her vibrant colors come together in her work like a melody, creating a sense that is both soft and harmonic.
In a Miyauchi work, blue and yellow unleashes a special presence that cannot help but attract the eyes. In certain works, she draws out the poetic sentiment of the color blue to create a sense of the dramatic. In other works, she takes advantage of the warm and soft impression of the color and the energetic effect that it produces. Simply put, Miyauchi has studied the properties of color and is fully capable of utilizing them in her works. Each time we encounter a Miyauchi work which is rich with the blues and yellows most often viewed in Nature, we often feel a peace of mind and a sense of healing. Her works communicate Nature’s energy and the poetry of our constantly changing world. It is a unique form of expression that depicts the laws of nature and weaves together a beautiful tale of eternal harmony.
A particular point in several of her works is “Nawa” (rope) motif. What do the intertwining ropes symbolize? In addition to the sense of restriction or an unsolvable problem which seems to be the nuance of the rope motif, it also acts as a catalyst that brings out Miyauchi’s complex inner self and her philosophical aspects. Even the works that depict a familiar flower or plant are composed in an image of abstract concreteness that projects a slightly unreal atmosphere that gives rise to a strange and subtle charm.
Through these works, one should be able to grasp the ideas pictured in Miyauchi’s philosophical and inventive eye. Moreover, they should feel those ideas depicted with her outstanding expression and rich sensitivity. Enjoy her works like you would a dream and keep them forever in your memories.
Curator of the State Hermitage Museum