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Home Sweet Home – Minami Kawasaki

Posted in National Art Center by tokyobling on March 4, 2012

At the National Art Center I found this wonderful grouping by talented Minami Kawasaki, 川崎みなみ (what a fantastic name!), of Joshibi University of Art and Design (女子美術大学). Three wonderfully cute little puppies in felt. Called “Home Sweet Home” I guess this grouping is dangerously close to the uncanny valley for some people but one of the things I have noticed about living in Japan is that you get less sensitive to it. Felt as an artistic medium seems to be on the rise as well, every year I see more and more of it. I couldn’t find anything about Ms. Kawasaki online, again it’s my western perspective but it feels strange that young artists in Japan don’t do more to promote themselves!

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  1. penman said, on March 4, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Amazing… I want puppies…

    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Haha… that feeling stirred in me too! (^-^)

  2. Lili said, on March 4, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Ohhh so cute!
    They look so real…
    I want them all XD

    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks Lili! Yes, they are so really as to be uncanny almost… (^-^;)

  3. Dugutigui said, on March 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Wow! Cute :)

    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks! They sure are! (^-^)

  4. Jonelle Patrick said, on March 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Cute…and slightly creepy, don’t you think? I’m totally in awe of what the artist can do with felt, though. This piece really raises the craft to an art.

    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm

      Absolutely well in there in the uncanny valley! (^-^;) I agree. I don’t even see the felt, the representation is so real I don’t notice the material anymore! Weird…

  5. Timi said, on March 4, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    The first thing I have in mind, that something so simple can be so life-like.
    The second thing is the contrary, the little puppy with open eyes has no light in his eyes, so it remains a doll :|
    Btw, the one with the smile is my favourite.

    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:32 pm

      I think a better lighting set up would have produced a bit of light in his eyes… (^-^;) Still, to me they are so lifelike it’s almost scary… (^-^;)

  6. Sabine said, on March 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    How lovely. It’s amazing how materials like felt can be used to make such quality and realistic art.

    I’d love to see more of this kind of stuff ^_^

    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Absolutely! Did you see the felt cats I posted last year? Amazing stuff. Felt is really taking off recently!

  7. Lissa Clouser said, on March 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Wow wow wow wow wow. Thank you so much for sharing this. They are simply too adorable. What talent!

    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks Lissa! Glad you liked it! (^-^)

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  10. jennifer said, on March 6, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I had to read the sentence stating that the puppies are made from felt several times before my brain excepted it as fact. Amazing work!

    • tokyobling said, on March 8, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! I totally agree. I was really up close as well, but it was hard to get that they weren’t real!

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  13. Chorwin said, on March 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    the dogs look so REAL…

    • tokyobling said, on April 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

      They really did, it was almost scary to walk past them! (^-^;)

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  15. Juan Lorenzo Hernandez said, on July 12, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Congratulations. Wonderful work. I’m writing from Caracas-Venezuela (South America) where actually I am doing search for my Magister thesis about The simbolism of the dog in the history of art. I wander if someone can put me in touch with Minami Kawasaki. Thanks. Juan Lorenzo Hernandez

  16. Ana said, on November 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Uncanny valley, indeed, yet quite adorable, too!

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