“A lurking, gnawing sense of dread, a fear that all is not well with the world persists throughout Tabaimo’s work. Be it a cook using human ingredients, a turtle being flushed down a toilet or nerves running between the floors of a dollhouse, the imagery that makes up the artist’s animated videos is at once nightmarish and alluring,” says Ashley Rawlings in ArtAsiaPacific magazine. Using drawings and coloration that evoke the hand-made nature of traditional Japanese woodblock prints (Ukiyo-e) and combining them with sophisticated computer technology, Tabaimo’s animated installations offer a surreal, complex and sometimes disturbing vision of contemporary Japanese society.
In 2011, Tabaimo represented Japan at the 54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia with a work titled teleco-soup. A completely immersive environment, the installation played with the idea of an "inverted" soup, or the inversion of relations between water and sky, fluid and container, self and world. Coined by the artist, this phrase builds upon an intellectual tradition in Japan that grapples with the country's identity as an island state, or what in recent years has come to be known as the "Galapagos Syndrome," originally used to describe the incompatibility between Japanese technology and international markets but now applicable to multiple facets of Japanese society in the age of globalization.