February 21 – March 21 2015
Junko Mizuno Solo Exhibition
Saturday, February 21st 2015
Artist will be in attendance
Mizuno’s work is rich with historical and cultural influence, reaching across centuries of human history and spanning traditions from both Eastern and Western worlds. One reoccurring image is that of the iconic multi-armed goddess cloaked in symbols of life and wisdom, surrounded by fleets of devoted minions and enveloped in flames that will never consume her. In a fascinating and humorous contemporary twist, Mizuno seamlessly integrates elements of popular food culture into these scenes of holy devotion. The goddesses of Ambrosial Affair are armed with coffee pots and pomegranate juice, surrounded by rainbows of bacon and speaking in the tongue of fried eggs. Interested in the ‘sin’ of over-eating, Mizuno has created scenes that fetishize food as a source of self-pleasure and a receptacle for sexual desire. Staring out at us with enigmatic eyes and knowing smiles, these goddesses are mischievous and selfish, using their hedonistic tendencies to increase their seductive draw. With traditional powers of fertility, reproduction and grace in tact, the subjects of Mizuno’s paintings embody a playful and empowered energy that reclaims food consumption as a source of female pride and shameless joy.
Exhibition runs to March 21, 2015