This RUN includes a 1 inch black frame with UV-glass, foam core backing and ready to hang hardware.
"Solitary Child is a series of works, focused on my original theme of the inevitability of the Apocalypse. In this series, I am offering a new savior for human kind- she is a magical girl (Solitary Child #1) and a little boy hero (Solitary Child #3). In the world of my paintings, humanity has perished, as seen in the collage background, where there is an expressed chaos throughout.
In these images, my saviors have come upon the dying human race. After the death of man, the world has found some relief from the turmoil that he has brought upon it. Meanwhile, mankind selfishly dreams of newfound happiness in his afterlife. In the mythology of my work, as humanity is destroyed, only one figure remains and that is the Messiah represented as a child.
The magical girl was the first to be left alone after humanity was destroyed, left to deal with the despair and damage he left behind. Her eyes are shining and sparkling, but her stare is blank. In contrast, my hero’s eyes are closed ever so gently. To him, everything in the world is very chaotic and overwhelming. He feels all of its happiness, despair, hope, sadness, everything… in such a state, even the world’s savior must shut his eyes to it." - Hikari Shimoda
Hikari Shimoda first studied illustration at the prestigious Kyoto Saga University of Art and Aoyama Juku School before beginning her career as a contemporary artist in 2008. Soon afterward, Shimoda was selected for her first solo exhibition at Motto Gallery in Tokyo, and since then has held exhibitions annually in galleries worldwide, spanning Japan, the United States, Canada, and Milano, Italy.
Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where cuteness and horror coexist, and fantasy meets reality. She credits the Japanese pop culture she grew up with as the main source of inspiration of her Lowbrow “Irasuto” style, which means artwork made by people inspired by anime and manga.
There are often children putting on heroic costumes such as Superman and “shojo” or magical girls, an anime sub-genre of young girls who use magic.
Through depicting children especially, Shimoda reveals the problems people in today’s society struggle with from within. Children possess a simple existence because their identity is ambiguous which provides her with an original point of view.
In her “Whereabouts of God” portrait series of other-worldly horned children, she also comments on Christianity’s anointment of Jesus Christ as savior of humanity and mirror of our fantasy heroes.
These characters not only represent heroism but an adult desire to watch our children grow and defend the world we have constructed. With each new piece, Shimoda advances her search for salvation and her deeper understanding of this chaotic world.