Junko Mizuno’s Delightfully Dark Paintings Feature A World Of Erotic Food Fetishes

By Sara Barnes

Japanese artist Junko Mizuno’s candy-colored works draw us into a world full of dark and erotic food fetishes. Meant as a metaphor the female sexual appetite and power, Mizuno’s illustrations feature women enjoying eggs, bacon, noodles, and more. Her maximalist style weaves geometric shapes, naked creatures, and luscious patterns into each composition. Coupled with the strong presence of a female character, it results in artwork that’s simultaneously grotesque, cute, playful, and alluring.

Junko MizunoPomegranate, 2015Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in.

Junko Mizuno
Pomegranate
, 2015
Acrylic on canvas 16 x 20 in.


Mizuno’s inspiration comes from a range of historical and cultural influences, as well as traditions found in both Eastern and Western worlds. Fairy tales and the works of Aubrey Beardsley and Eric Stanton are also visible. Narwhal Contemporary writes about her paintings, stating, “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.” They relish in their unapologetic gluttony.

Mizuno currently has work in a solo exhibition titled Ambrosial Affair at the Narwhal Contemporary in Toronto. This is the second in a three-part exhibition series titled Junko Mizuno’s Food Obsession. It’s on view until March 15 of this year.
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Junko MizunoBacon, 2015Acrylic, ink on paper 14 x 17 in.

Junko Mizuno
Bacon
, 2015
Acrylic, ink on paper 14 x 17 in.