For Domicile Conjugal a title borrowed from Francois Truffaut's movie of 1970 Katagiri ( Sapporo, 1977 ) selects details from drawings made during the course of 2008. Her first published book focuses on architecture from a richly illustrated world built upon since 2003. Drawn freehand and without drafts, Katagiri's skillful pen drawings give birth to a dimension populated by people and intelligent animals, hanging in the balance of the playful physics unique to her craft.
The staple ingredients of traditional Japanese art mountains, trees, architecture and daily activity are present but free of the structured compositions and realism. Instead we find a collision between the eccentricity of the west and the precision of the eastern tradition.
A Tin-Tinesque sense of adventure led Yuka to spend most of the past decade far away from her homeland, an experience that has no doubt influenced the cross-cultural images marked out by her pen strokes. Katagiri remains a frequent traveler to a world where a moment in time begins with a fresh piece of paper and ends a finished drawing.
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