Noriko Fukui

Growing up with a strict father in Japanese society, which emphasizes maintaining harmony, I couldn’t express or celebrate my individuality. Eventually, I found a beautiful way to share through my art.

I started working with cardboard when a long romantic relationship ended. At this time, I began to gravitate more towards creating art to resolve my feelings. Manipulating the cardboard and tearing paper felt right at the time and still does.

I primarily create mixed-media portraits. Eyes, in particular, fascinate me—they can instantly tell stories and naturally connect to the cores of others.

Japanese patterns influence details within my compositions. These imperfect marks reflect life’s challenges; art doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.