Waiting for the wings to be rested
This painting depicts a butterfly fluttering near an outstretched hand. About this work, the artist says: "I will never forget the subtle feeling I felt when once, a butterfly landed on my hand. I was trying to welcome it, and make my hand a comfortable resting place, but I did not know how to show that to the butterfly." The artist adds that the painted hand's extremely long fingernails "suggest inherent animality, but it is also a style that makes daily life inconvenient." The artist's figurative paintings depict ordinary people, animals and settings in ways that give them a vaguely surreal and slightly off-kilter feeling.
Charged with a sense of magical realism, Kobayashi’s figurative paintings combine a sense of intimacy with mystery. The artist's work explores the myriad ways in which we comprehend and feel tenderness toward the minutia of daily life. Her works also examine how liminal objects and phenomena—such as mirrors, windows or shadows—expose a complex duality of person and image through acts of reflection, fragmentation and distortion. In all of her paintings, Kobayashi sensitively explores (or imagines) the interior consciousness of her human and animal subjects.
In the spirit of magical realism, Minami Kobayashi’s figurative paintings depict ordinary people, animals and settings that seem ever so slightly off-kilter. The artist applies thin coats of fast-drying egg tempera paint to create jewel-like facets of color that seemingly emerge from the composition’s surface—evoking distant memories and half-remembered dreams. Combining intimacy with mystery, Kobayashi’s work explores her subjects’ interior life and their tender feelings toward the minutiae of daily life.