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Hikari at CONTEXT Art Miami 2017

Hikari's art will be on view at CONTEXT Art Miami this week, with her painting, Whereabouts of God - Nobody #3.

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Sparkling and sweet, Hikari Shimoda’s work is at once enchanting and disarming, portraying a world where cuteness and horror coexist. Based in Nagano, Japan, Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a professional contemporary artist in 2008. Soon after, she was selected for her first solo exhibition at Motto Gallery in Tokyo and has since held exhibitions in galleries worldwide, including Japan, the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Inspired by the Japanese manga and anime from her youth, Shimoda’s work expresses modern day issues in colorful and illustrative techniques. Often depicting starry-eyed children, she dresses her characters in heroic costumes resembling Superman and magical girls, an anime sub-genre of young girls who uses magic, revealing problems and struggles in contemporary society through a juxtaposition of brushwork, text, and collage. Such characters are a commentary on Christianity’s
anointment of Jesus Christ as a
savior of humanity, and a mirror
of our fantasy heroes. They also represent our adult desire to nurture the children of the world and to defend the world we have constructed.

Following the Great East Japan Earthquake and accident of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, Shimoda became increasingly interested in various connections in the world. In her portrait series “Whereabouts of
 God”, featuring other-worldly children adorned with a Chernobyl necklace, and “Children of This Planet”, children act as a blank canvas for what she describes as countless possibilities; where fantasy meets with reality, past meets future, life meets death, and a world that is yet to be reborn. Not only do eyes communicate each character’s personality, they are also a reflection of Shimoda’s own feelings and ideas:

“They are “anyone” who just exists. So, they could also exist beyond the realm of being children, and identify with anyone who might appreciate them. Those children who are wearing a vacant expression of despair and solitude are mirroring the emotions of the people who look at them. Those vacant children are, so to speak, “cups of my emotions”- something which I could pour my emotion into. Their sparkling eyes are staring into space, while reflecting both light and darkness, and those horns are a metaphor of wordless emotions like fury and despair that people feel towards unreasonable things in this world.” With each new piece, Shimoda advances her search for salvation and her deeper understanding of this chaotic world.

  • I Do Not Know My Enemy - Boy, Mixed media, 45.9" x 35.8", 2017
    I Do Not Know My Enemy - Boy
  • I Do Not Know My Enemy - Girl, Mixed media, 45.9" x 35.8", 2017
    I Do Not Know My Enemy - Girl
  • Humanity's Ruin - Birth of the Savior, Mixed media, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Humanity's Ruin - Birth of the Savior
  • Humanity's Ruin - The Destruction of Humanity, Mixed media, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Humanity's Ruin - The Destruction of Humanity
  • Humanity's Ruin - The Last Two People in the World, Mixed media, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Humanity's Ruin - The Last Two People in the World
  • Humanity's Ruin - The Story of the World Continues, Mixed media, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Humanity's Ruin - The Story of the World Continues
  • Death and Angel #1, Oil on canvas, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Death and Angel #1
  • Death and Angel #2, Oil on canvas, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Death and Angel #2
  • Death and Angel #3, Oil on canvas, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Death and Angel #3
  • Death and Angel #4, Oil on canvas, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Death and Angel #4
  • Whereabouts of God #23, Oil on canvas, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Whereabouts of God #23
  • Whereabouts of God #24, Oil on canvas, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Whereabouts of God #24
  • Whereabouts of God - Nobody #1, Oil on canvas, 63.8" x 51.3", 2017
    Whereabouts of God - Nobody #1
  • Whereabouts of God #25, Oil on canvas, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Whereabouts of God #25
  • Whereabouts of God - Nobody #2, Oil on canvas, 63.8" x 51.3", 2017
    Whereabouts of God - Nobody #2
  • Whereabouts of God #26, Oil on canvas, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Whereabouts of God #26
  • Whereabouts of God - Nobody #3, Oil on canvas, 63.8" x 51.3", 2017
    Whereabouts of God - Nobody #3
  • Whereabouts of God #27, Oil on canvas, 20.9" x 17.9", 2017
    Whereabouts of God #27
  • Our God - Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu, Mixed media, 45.9" x 35.8", 2017
    Our God - Nyoirin Kannon Bosatsu
  • Our God - Fugen Bosatsu, Mixed media, 45.9" x 35.8", 2017
    Our God - Fugen Bosatsu
  • Whereabouts of God #20, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2016
    Whereabouts of God #20
  • Whereabouts of God #21, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2016
    Whereabouts of God #21
  • Whereabouts of God #22, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2016
    Whereabouts of God #22
  • Inverted World, Mixed media, 21" x 18", 2016
    Inverted World
  • Gazing at Never-Ending Ruin and Despair, Mixed media, 51" x 38", 2016
    Gazing at Never-Ending Ruin and Despair
  • Children of Emptiness - The Swallowtail Butterfly, Oil on canvas, 9" x 11", 2016
    Children of Emptiness - The Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Children of Emptiness - The Black Swallowtail Butterfly, Oil on canvas, 9" x 11", 2016
    Children of Emptiness - The Black Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Children of This Planet #32, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2016
    Children of This Planet #32
  • Children of Emptiness - The Morpho Butterfly, Oil on canvas, 9" x 11", 2016
    Children of Emptiness - The Morpho Butterfly
  • Recycling Humanity, Mixed media, 64" x 51", 2016
    Recycling Humanity
  • Children of Emptiness - Cabbage Butterfly, Oil on canvas, 9" x 11", 2015
    Children of Emptiness - Cabbage Butterfly
  • Angel of History, Mixed media, 21" x 18", 2016
    Angel of History
  • Memento Mori (Do), Mixed media, 21" x 18", 2016
    Memento Mori (Do)
  • Hero of the Dilemma, Mixed media, 9.5" x 13", 2016
    Hero of the Dilemma
  • Children of This Planet #33, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2016
    Children of This Planet #33
  • Children of This Planet #34, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2016
    Children of This Planet #34
  • Children of This Planet #35, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2016
    Children of This Planet #35
  • Children of This Planet #36, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2016
    Children of This Planet #36
  • Whereabouts of God #19, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2016
    Whereabouts of God #19
  • All Alive, Mixed media on canvas, 9.9" round, 2015
    All Alive
  • Darkness, Oil on canvas, 11" x 9",  2015
    Darkness
  • Child on the Edge, Oil on canvas, 36" x 29", 2015
    Child on the Edge
  • Blue Horns, Red Scarf, Oil on canvas, 13" x 13", 2015
    Blue Horns, Red Scarf
  • Children of This Planet #31, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2015
    Children of This Planet #31
  • Blue Horns, White Scarf, Oil on canvas, 11" x 11", 2015
    Blue Horns, White Scarf
  • Children of This Planet #29, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2015
    Children of This Planet #29
  • Whereabouts of God #18, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2015
    Whereabouts of God #18
  • Whereabouts of God #17, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2015
    Whereabouts of God #17
  • Children of This Planet #30, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2015
    Children of This Planet #30
  • Children of This Planet #28, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2015
    Children of This Planet #28
  • Children of This Planet #27, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2015
    Children of This Planet #27
  • Children of This Planet #26, Oil on canvas, 16" x 12.5", 2015
    Children of This Planet #26
  • Dream Child, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2015
    Dream Child
  • Who Will Save the Magical Girl?, Oil on canvas, 51.3" x 63.8", 2011
    Who Will Save the Magical Girl?
  • Whereabouts of God #2, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2012
    Whereabouts of God #2
  • Whereabouts of God #1, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2012
    Whereabouts of God #1
  • Children of This Planet #8, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2012
    Children of This Planet #8
  • Children of This Planet #7, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2012
    Children of This Planet #7
  • Children of This Planet #6, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2012
    Children of This Planet #6
  • Children of This Planet #5, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2012
    Children of This Planet #5
  • The World We Do Not Know, Oil on canvas, 63.8" x 102.6", 2012
    The World We Do Not Know
  • Whereabouts of God #3, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2012
    Whereabouts of God #3
  • Whereabouts of God #12, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2014
    Whereabouts of God #12
  • Children of This Planet #15, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #15
  • Whereabouts of God #14, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2014
    Whereabouts of God #14
  • Whereabouts of God #15, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2014
    Whereabouts of God #15
  • Apocalypse, Oil on canvas, 48" x 60", 2014
    Apocalypse
  • Whereabouts of God #16, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2014
    Whereabouts of God #16
  • Hello World, Mixed media on canvas, 12" x 12", 2014
    Hello World
  • Children of This Planet #23, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #23
  • Lonely Child #1, Mixed media on panel, 20" round, 2014
    Lonely Child #1
  • Stroll in Space, Mixed media on panel, 11" x 19", 2014
    Stroll In Space
  • Children of This Planet #24, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #24
  • Lonely Child #2, Mixed media on panel, 20" round, 2014
    Lonely Child #2
  • Leave Me Alone, Mixed media on canvas, 11" x 9", 2014
    Leave Me Alone
  • Children of This Planet #25, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #25
  • Lonely Child #3, Mixed media on panel, 11.8" round,  2014
    Lonely Child #3
  • Whereabouts of God #13, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2014
    Whereabouts of God #13
  • Happy?, Mixed media on canvas, 11" x 9", 2014
    Happy?
  • Come Together, Again and Again, Mixed media on canvas, 62.9" x 55.9", 2014
    Come Together, Again and Again
  • Whereabouts of God #11, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2014
    Whereabouts of God #11
  • Start from Zero, The End of Sadness, Mixed media on canvas, 62.9" x 51.6", 2014
    Start from Zero, The End of Sadness
  • Whereabouts of God #10, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2014
    Whereabouts of God #10
  • Children of This Planet #21, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #21
  • Children of This Planet #22, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #22
  • Children of This Planet #20, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #20
  • Children of This Planet #19, Mixed media on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #19
  • Children of This Planet #18, Mixed media on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #18
  • Children of This Planet #17, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #17
  • Children of This Planet #16, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #16
  • Whereabouts of God #0, Oil on canvas, 63.8" x 51.3", 2014
    Whereabouts of God #0
  • Children of This Planet #13, Mixed media on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #13
  • Children of This Planet #14, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2014
    Children of This Planet #14
  • Children of This Planet #12, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2013
    Children of This Planet #12
  • Children of This Planet #11, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2013
    Children of This Planet #11
  • Children of This Planet #10, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2013
    Children of This Planet #10
  • The Cosmos Are None of My Business, Mixed media on canvas, 12.5" x 16.1", 2013
    The Cosmos Are None of My Business
  • Eulogy at a Funeral, Oil on canvas, 28.6" x 23.9", 2013
    Eulogy at a Funeral
  • Whereabouts of God #8, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2013
    Whereabouts of God #8
  • Whereabouts of God #7, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2013
    Whereabouts of God #7
  • Whereabouts of God #6, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2013
    Whereabouts of God #6
  • Whereabouts of God #9, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2013
    Whereabouts of God #9
  • Whereabouts of God #5, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2013
    Whereabouts of God #5
  • Children of This Planet #9, Oil on canvas, 21" x 18", 2013
    Children of This Planet #9
  • Whereabouts of God #4, Oil on canvas, 29" x 29", 2013
    Whereabouts of God #4

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