CM: Masaaki Noda has worked at length with collage and hand-colored graphics. He is known to be a master in representing abstract forms. However, his vision is based on the real world, which explains why his art at times shows evidence of figuration. He says: "My art is beyond me, and unpredictability is part of my intention. I am curious to discover the different ways in which various media affect on another."
Noda's Anticipation is a surrealist collage of disparate ready-made images. The composition includes an oval frame serving as a window to the scene, a figure holding a piece of fabric that lengthens to unify the entire picture, a bird flying beyong the enclosed scene, and a shell marking one side of the picture's border. Basically the composition shares the principles of 'Ikebana' (art of traditional Japanese flower arrangement) in the way that different parts work together to form a harmonious whole. Noda's main concern is with the representation in art of four-dimensionality; the space-time continuum.
The production of a collage like Anticipation is very painstaking. Each of the images is digitally scanned. The scans are digitally combined and manipulated at length before arriving at the definitve compositional solution. The final composition is printed on paper. To achieve a great richness of nuance and depth of color, some details are carefully painted with colored pencils, watercolour and gouache by the artist's hand.