”If you are too tired, if you lost confidence, if you feel down, I wish my words can cuddle up to you.
Women and children, we might be weak physically, yet it doesn’t mean we can be exploited.
Our beautiful souls never be soiled.”
Norico Chua is a Japanese artist based in Malaysia.
Published 5 picture-books as below:
“A Cake Reaching to the Sky”
“The Werewolf and His Moon”
“The Yellow Lion and the Blue Lion”
“The Rocket Caterpillar”
“The Moonlight Princess”
2014 Featured at one of the Malaysian significant newspaper STAR
2017 Broadcasted on documentary TV program in Japan
2018 Interviews on the magazine in Singapore “UNLOCK JAPAN”
2020 Joined “Artbook of selected illustration” as one of 105 illustrators
2020 Interviews on the magazine in Malaysia “SENYUM”
2020 Submitted works at University Malaya in KL exhibition
2020 Exhibited at AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2020 Nov. Broadcasted interview on CitiPlus FM
One writer describes her illustration works besides picture-books are special mix of dreaminess and precision, shapes often suggesting more than one thing at once in a very poetic way, and beautiful rich colours and textures.
She has Malaysian husband and 3 children.
Her mixed marriage inspired her more to oriental cultures and arts.
Currently she is working on the project “Poetry and Illustration” is set the motif on the girls wearing KIMONO represents “New-type of Japanese ideal girls who are strong and independent.”
“Japanese women are always taught to serve others.
It is not clear statement you can see, but the teaching is everywhere.
I was in a struggle when my motherhood started especially.
I lost myself.
All the sudden I became “a mom” living for others for 24 hours and feeling guilty when I can’t do what I thought I suppose to do as a good mom.
My husband never forced me to be but I chained myself because of the education I had.
But when my daughter was born, I strongly had a thought.
“I don’t want my daughter to have same feelings.”
I want her to be happy, the happiest girl in the world. I don’t want her to tie herself by same curse.
We, all women, have the right to cherish ourselves as they cherish their family/kids.
We are all precious as same as people we care.
So I started to illustrate the girls who has strong heart and live as they are.
Those are the woman represents myself in childhood when I was to be so me, lived freely with rich imaginations.
Kimono represents mine and their identity as Japanese, but it’s all for the women has been degraded in society in all over the world.”
Digging in her own identity as Japanese throw her point of view as a woman, and connect to other Asian cultures will keep her works as unique and original.