Passion has always been central to the art I make. Aside from the obvious theatrical and expressive qualities I enjoy in the staging and narrative of the work There is also a spiritual component to it.
Q: How do you inspire the powerful and compelling images you create?
A: Working with organic surfaces, from wood to stained papers, skins to fabrics, has always been pivotal for my figures. The patterns in the wood or stain help to decide placement, pose, and movement of my girls. A plain, pure paper or canvas has always proven overwhelming and at odds with my personality. Having to impose my will on something, even a piece of paper seems overbearing and rude. Having parameters to have to work within and play around is more interesting. The challenges of natural surfaces are what makes them so special to draw on. Drawing becomes more interactive, less imposed when there are areas on the original surface to be revered and other areas that interrupt, merging together with the figure.
It was in 2008 when Shimoda set on the path to becoming a professional artist, and now ten years later, she is amongst the most widely recognized names of New Contemporary painters rising out of Japan. Entitled “The Catastrophe of Death and Regeneration,” the exhibition will take viewers on a journey through Shimoda’s narrative and artistic development spanning one decade of her work, including her most ambitious painting to date, a massive ten-foot mural.
It’s nice to think of art as something that lasts. Paintings get preserved and passed through generations. Maybe, in enough time, they end up at a museum. But for street artists and muralists, this often isn’t the case.
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May 28, 2018 – June 30, 2018
Palazzo San Rocco, Via San Biagio 31 #Matera
Children have often been the protagonists of novels, poems and plays; but they have also been widely represented subjects throughout the history of art.
Over centuries, great artists have created masterpieces that have left an indelible mark and a testament to the condition of the child, from portraits of noble families to the frescoes of children in the fields, from play to poverty, from denied childhood to privilege, from lessons in art and music to the most tiring and humble labor.
From the bas-relief at the Ara Pacis of Augustus in Rome, which represents a child clinging to his father but whose affection is all turned to his mother who caresses him and watches him lovingly, to the Gospel episode of the massacre of the innocents painted by Duccio di Buoninsegna; in the middle ages the figure of the child was replaced by that of Jesus; more » “Unforgettable Childhood by Claudia Giraudo”