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In ’Marching on a Butterbur Leaf,’ Yoshitomo Nara draws upon the visual language of the popular aesthetic of ultra-cuteness known in Japan as “kawaii.” Despite the unpretentious, almost childlike rendering and subtly sweet color palette of the work, Nara’s goggle-eyed gal leers at the viewer, brandishing her batons, appearing more menacing than playful.
Published by Dallas Contemporary
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Yoshitomo Nara (Japanese, b. 1959) lives and works in Tokyo. His work draws on his childhood experiences of spending time alone with only his imagination, comic books, and family pets. As a result, much of his work includes images of seemingly innocent, wide-eyed and comic book-like children and dogs. His nightmarish graphics, for which he has gained an international cult following, are simultaneously vulnerable and provocative, and stand as a critical affront to the rigidness of certain aspects of Japan’s social conventions.