March, 2017

Maki’ Kaoru’s photographs are visually deceptive, showing us not the arctic landscape, but its reflection in a window, which produces an inverse of the image. The misleading light of the arctic night sky further deceives the viewer. What appears to be a photograph of twilight in reality shows the dim light of the midnight sun. Such perceptual shifts are characteristic of her creative practice, which destabilizes the viewer’s notion of visual reality.

Being true to oneself is not an easy task – Vanity is a true mirror, a non-reversing mirror that presents its subjects as they would be seen by others. However, rather than a reflective mirror, Kazumi Tanaka has used black glass to create a mysterious dark hole with its double black reflection. Like a Haiku poem she wishes to challenge the complexity of our minds by using simple recognizable elements presented in an alternate configuration.