(By Gary Edwards) >> English

「大庭みさこは、日本やニューヨークでテレビ局アナウンサーとしてのキャリアを去った後、私生活でのいくつかの苦難に続いて、その後ニューヨークに移る機会を得、写真作家・アーティストとして新たにスタートを切った。初期の作品シリーズ「El Camino」や「Fireflies」
は、東京やパリ、ニューヨーク等の都市を、神秘的かつ抽象味を帯びた独特な解釈で表現し、それらが写真界で重要な関心を集め始めていた2006 年、彼女はまた新たな悲劇̶に直面する。右手小指がAVM(動静脈奇形)という稀な自然出血症状に見舞われた。日本に家族を残したまま、米国での度重なる医療処置と最終的な小指切除手術の決断に迫られる中、大庭の「FAUSTUS」シリーズは、一見私的なものに見えるが、勇気を持って恐怖と「喪失」に向き合い、人間として誰にでも起こりうるもっとも基本的な物語を探求した普遍的なドラマである。(略)彼女が並外れた能力と勇気を持った芸術家でなければ、このトラウマは単に本人や親しい友人・家族の内だけにとどまっていただろう。私は大庭のアート全てが、ある意味、一握りのアーティストだけが持っている、自分の感情や魂の状態を鋭く洞察する力を反映していると信じている。」
大庭みさこ写真集『FAUSTUS』あとがき –
イリー・エドワーズ より一部抜粋


ゲイリー・エドワーズ(写真画廊ディレクター Gallery director)

 >> Japanese 日本語

“After Misako Oba left a successful career as a broadcaster for Japanese television in Japan and New York, following some personal hardships in Japan, she moved to New York and began anew as a photographic artist. Oba’s early work, in the series “El Camino” and “Fireflies,” showed idiosyncratic interpretations in a mysterious and partly abstract manner of such cities as Tokyo, Paris, Brussels, and New York. The work was just gaining critical interest when her progress was interrupted by a new personal tragedy in 2006—the discovery that she had the very rare medical condition A.V.M. (Arterio-Venous Malformation) in the pinkie of her right hand. Heavy spontaneous bleeding and several failed medical procedures lead to the dreaded decision to undergo an amputation in the U.S. without the presence of her family, who were in Japan.

Her project FAUSTUS, dealing with this personal struggle to come to an understanding and acceptance of a rare medical condition that struck her unexpectedly, clearly shows her power of turning these horrific events into a stunning art project of universal application. This work is personal but universal, a drama exploring the most basic of human tales—facing fear and “loss” with courage. Had she not been an artist of exceptional ability and courage, this trauma would have remained known only to herself and circle of close friends and family. Instead it stands as a visible monument to a human spiritual journey, an X-ray of a young woman’s soul. I believe that all of her art reflects, to a degree few artists can match, a clear-eyed appraisal of the conditions of her emotions and her soul. Her work is uniquely passionate and engaging.

The self-portraits work might be compared to Francesca Woodman’s and Cindy Sherman’s quest for an alternate identity. In Oba’s case, one sees the perseverance of a loving spirit, and a validation of the eternal beauty of the female persona. [……]”

Quote from Afterword of [FAUSTUS] by Gary Edwards,
Gary Edwards Gallery
Washington, DC

Gallery Director Gary Edwards