Mariko Matsushita “Raw”
[Image: "About Sexual Flesh 1” Oil on canvas, 45.5 x 38.0 cm, 2017 ©︎ Mariko Matsushita]
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Sexual love and the pain of living are regular subjects in Mariko Matsushita’s works. Her painting harbors powerful energy, each of her works produced through an intimate relationship between the model and the artist herself.
The exhibition title “Raw” embodies ideas relating to an imagined future and universe, as well as the soul seeking out a primitive and mystic “life.”
In 2016, Matsushita won the grand prize for the 2nd CAFAA Award sponsored by the Contemporary Art Foundation, which meant she could join a three-months residency program at the Delfina Foundation in London from July to September. During this residency, she researched and developed different expressive outputs aside from her usual paintings, introducing a new spectrum of media to her body of work.
This exhibition will present unreleased paintings from 2016 up to the latest ones produced this year, together with work produced in London, including video performance and photography, created in collaboration with photographer Mikito Tateisi.
Her video performance, “Walking with Meat” (video + sound, 5min) is a metaphor for her life, expressed by walking though the streets of London holding a huge lump of flesh, while “Little Fox in London” (video + sound, 5 min) unfolds within a childish kitsch world through a playful search for foxes in downtown London and her bedroom. In addition, her nude self-portrait “Raw,” shot in her room in London where she spent three month, will be on show.