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COPS SWOOP ON ARTIST'S STALKER; Japanese woman accused of harassment campaign by Turner Prize nominee EXCLUSIVE.


A JAPANESE woman has been arrested by police after one of Scotland's bestknown artists accused her of stalking him.

Kaoru Motomiya, 46, was held by officers outside Turner Prize nominee Jim Lambie's home and charged.

Motomiya - artist in residence at Glasgow School of Art - is the subject of a court order banning her from his home and studio in the city's West End.

Her arrest two weeks ago followed a previous complaint to police about her standing outside Lambie's home four days earlier.

Police are also probing another complaint from Lambie, 45, that she sent him a text message on March 24 - two days after her arrest when she was banned from contacting or approaching him.

They were also called to his studio in Argyle Street, Glasgow, a week later after members of Lambie's staffcomplained that she had been spotted standing outside.

Charged: an award-However, when they arrived, there was no sign of her.

An art world source said: "This is really bizarre. It's not clear why this woman has developed this apparent infatuation with Lambie.

"No one seems sure as to whether it started after she came to Scotland or whether she may have come here because of Lambie."

Its understood that pol ice are applying for a warrant for her arrest on charges of breaking the conditions of the court order.

A police spokesman said: "We were called to an incident at studios in Argyle Street, Glasgow, on March 30 and our inquiries are continuing."

When we called at Lambie's studios yesterday, his manager told us he was abroad and could not be contacted.

However a colleague said: "He is very upset about it all. Jim has accused this woman of stalking him."

Lambie, who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2005, used to be in the band Boy Hairdressers, who went on to become Teenage Fanclub.

He has had critically acclaimed solo exhibitions at museums throughout the world, including Boston, Tokyo, New York, Venice and Pittsburgh.

He is most famous for his psychedelic f loor pieces featuring coloured tape and glitter and empty cigarette packet s which ma ke reference to pop music and youth culture.

He also designed the sleeve for Primal Scream album Dirty Hits and is a friend of the band's frontman Bobby Gillespie. Motomiya, who is from Tokyo, came to Scotland last year. She previously worked at the Medical Museum of Tokyo University and is an expert on human anatomy. She has also exhibited across the world and is an award-winning Motomiya is winning artist artist.

In 2000, she famously created Internal Dress, a dress made of marshmallows that questioned whether food can be part of a human body.

Motomiya, who is expected to stand trial at Glasgow SheriffCourt later this month, couldn't be contacted yesterday.

A spokeswoman for Glasgow School of Art said: "This not something we would comment on."



Charged: Motomiya is an award-winning artist Alert: Jim Lambie, far left, with a group of other acclaimed artists
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Date:Apr 4, 2010
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