For Natsuki Machida(b.1980), painting is as natural as breathing or eating. It is also a way to break free from societal pressure. When she paints, she is released from the expectations of how to be or act. Society makes decisions about what emotions are appropriate and which should be controlled. Machida has tuned into the way emotions are judged, and incorporates even the negative emotions into her work, and turns them into tools of expression. Yet she avoids displaying the cause or direction of emotion in detail. The objects of anger or sadness, or even happiness, are not stated specifically in her images, thus the absence of a tangible story allows her to picture a world where emotions may come and go as they are, without judgment or criticism.
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