(Un)filtered Reflections by Noriko Ambe
New York-based Japanese artist Noriko Ambe presents her work in Singapore for the very first time with (Un)filtered Reflections, her latest project that expands her practice of transforming books into sculptures. For the very first time, Ambe collaborates with the public – junior high school students from Japan and Singapore, countries known for their intense, rigorous education system.
She engages them to first consider how they see themselves through a textbook of their choice. The students are then invited to map out their entire life course on a page using a single unbroken line, cutting it out to form an original three dimensional shape.
Upon a careful study of their responses, Ambe recreates deeply sensitive portraits of each student from their chosen textbooks. The process of each hand-cut textbook is a dialogue between artist and student—a genuine expression of the child and his/her relationship with the textbooks.
Unlike previous works, Ambe’s role in (Un)filtered Reflections is that of a listener and a filter, as she takes the backseat to understand the everyday reality that students face.
(Un)Euclidean, Noriko Ambe, 2017. Image courtesy of Edward Hendricks