Message from Maiko Sembokuya

In terms of how we view them, I think people are the most misunderstood. You could say my work is a personal interpretation of identification and beauty.

To express the idea of “beauty” within a person, there are so many things to consider; their history, personality, way of life. To a certain extent, outward appearance does plays a role, for it’s a little piece of themselves that they have to expose to themselves to others. Unlike one’s emotions and feelings, it’s actually rather easy to fool others and yourself when decorated in a certain way. I like interpreting the “how” and “why” within each individual.

As with many people, most of my inspiration for my work stem from childhood. Growing up in Japan, I grew up with the works of French artist/cartoonist George Ferdinand Bigot. Any of my Japanese contemporaries can vouch that he is extremely well known among middle school students. The exaggerated expressions in his works showcased not only his technical ability to accentuate physical features, but also express intangible qualities of the subject. You never saw the same piece twice, for the subject would influence the style and mood of the piece, not the other way around.