When curating the Passion theme for Miroir Magazine, I came across these amazing portraits by John Rawson. I feel that they embody the very essence of what passion means. These women are powerful, their intensity and strength emanate from the page. I have included shots we did not put in the print issue. John works with a lot of amazing stylists, everything he does is just fabulous.– Nina Pak
Q: The theme of passion and love plays a supreme role in your work. Where does your inspiration come from? Who is your muse? Do childhood memories play a role?
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.