Noriko Okaku’s new work, The Interpreter, was produced at QUAD and co-commissioned by Animate Projects, QUAD and D-LAB. Inspired by Derbyshire’s history, myths and legends, Okaku created a series of 22 narrative rich collage works and an animated film, that form a new Tarot, loaded with symbolism, intrigue and mystical imagery.
Selected for the commission after a nationwide open call, Okaku researched Derbyshire's rich mythology, legends and folk tales and broader themes surrounding human nature. Inspired by these stories and the practice of Tarot – a set of playing cards which have been used since the 18th Century by mystics to gain insights into the past, present and future – Okaku has formed a new narrative modelled on the characters and mystical tradition of Tarot, but with a new unique twist.
Noriko Okaku was born in Japan and now lives and works in London. She studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, completing her MA in Animation in 2005. Her work in various media often retains an element of collage. She borrows, adopts, copies and recycles existing images to explore the eclecticism, mystery and strangeness underlying everyday objects and actions.