Tomona Matsukawa “Love Yourself”

Yuka Tsuruno Gallery

poster for Tomona Matsukawa “Love Yourself”
[Image: Tomona Matsukawa, "That was Everything I Could Do" (2019)]

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In this exhibition, the artist will present a new body of work revolving around the relationship between mother and child, which stems from her experience as a mother and from conversations with other women. Matsukawa’s distinctively realistic and somewhat dramatic paintings are born from interviews with other women of her generation and the titles and motifs are derived from phrases that were striking during these conversations.

In recent years Matsukawa has also been confronting in her paintings the difficulties and conflicts that arise in her environment and experience as a single mother. In the process of this series, which portrays the mother and child, Matsukawa has been conducting interviews with single parents in order to conceive of multiple perspectives on the pressure to raise one’s child on one’s own and the public criticism against single parent households in Japan. This series came to fruition as a result of numerous conversations with women who raise children on their own about what it means to be a mother, the choices that had to be made, the conflicts that inevitably arose, and the environments that surround their children.

The title “Love Yourself” derives from an incident in in Canada, wherein a stone that was part of Yoko Ono’s participatory art piece was stolen from a Toronto museum. A senior woman secretly took home one of the stones, on which Yoko Ono herself had written “Love Yourself,” and these words have touched Matsukawa deeply.

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from March 09, 2019 to April 06, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-03-09 from 18:00 to 20:00

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