Kozue Oshima "Pictorial Book"

Mizuma Action

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Oshima was born in 1978, earned a BA in Design from Tokyo Zokei University in 2002, and started her career as an artist in 2004. She held solo exhibitions at Gallery ES in 2005 and 2007, and participated in "Kisho Kurokawa: From the Age of the Machine to the Age of Life" at The National Art Center, Tokyo in 2007, and "Eyes and Curiosity" at Mizuma Action in 2008. This is her long-awaited solo exhibition with us.

The motifs Oshima depicts come from nature: timber, flowers, insects, birds and the ocean. Sometimes she paints imaginary scenes mixed with circuses, trains and flags. The artist was inspired by her childhood memories; hugging moss to find microforests, landscapes she saw during a trip, and skies in her daily life, as well as by various old pictorial books. She grows plants in her garden, and even keeps butterfly larvae and lets the pupas emerge to observe their biology and to do rigorous sketches over and over. Her work is based on these obsessions, and when mixed with her spontaneous imagination, the work starts telling the stories.

Her first solo exhibition at Mizuma Action is entitled "Pictorial Book," the source of her imagination, and it consists of seven to eight paintings, some large and some small. For Oshima, who lives in an urban area, it is far more likely to encounter various things in pictorial books rather than in nature.

[Image: "Deep Organ," 2008-2009, wood panel, gesso, acrylic, 3000×1600x50mm Photo by Kei Miyajima]



From 2009-06-12 To 2009-07-11


Kozue Oshima



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