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Hiromi Tango

Rose Garden (Insanity Magnet)

neon and mixed media
45 x 55 x 15 cm. (17 3/4 x 21 5/8 x 5 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2017.


S$7,500 - 9,000

Catalogue Essay

Rose Garden recalls a period in Hiromi Tango’s (b. 1976, Japan) life when she was caught
between her traditional Japanese upbringing and fulfilling the expectations of a “good mother”
in Australia. She spent a great deal of time cooking and baking in her Australian kitchen,
making food that was unfamiliar to her in an oven that was equally unfamiliar. The rose
underneath the oven element references memories from time spent in her grandmother's
garden in Japan, and the expectations of women of her generation: to be seen and not heard,
pleasing to the eye, hard-working and biddable. She regards the oven element as a kind of
cattle brand for women.

The colour palette recalls an earlier work titled Insanity Magnet, which marked the release of
years of suppressed tension and anger born of the unbearable pressure that Tango felt as a
woman caught between two cultures. Her hope is that women and girls from all backgrounds
and cultures will feel free to realise their potential, unencumbered by the confines and
expectations placed on them.

Unleash the anger
Burning white-hot within you
Before you melt down

Explosive colours
Let the pretty pictures go
Beautiful chaos

Serenity comes
Not from perfection but from
Acceptance sublime

Courtesy of the Artist and Sullivan + Strumpf


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