Work in Progress by Junko Mizuno
Junko Mizuno’s new show, entitled Soma, encapsulate the growth, maturity, and finality of the human existence. The definition of “soma”: 1: the body of an organism 2: all of an organism except the germ cells 3: cell body. She shares, “The series is about celebrating life, death and body. I’m turning 46 this year and I feel my body is changing as I get older. In the last five years or so, I’ve seen my friends having serious illnesses (some of them passed away), many of my friends got pregnant and had babies, some lost their parents, and I see my parents getting older and weaker as well. All of these led me to think more about life, death and body, and it’s reflected in this series.”
February 23rd –March 30th, 2019 COREY HELFORD GALLERY 571 S. Anderson St. Los Angeles, CA 90033
OPENING RECEPTION February 23, 2019 | 7pm – 11pm coreyhelfordgallery.com
About Junko Mizuno:
Having grown up in Tokyo, Mizuno is a self-taught artist recognized for her unique visual iconography of powerful and often sexy women. Although her art refuses to be categorized, much of it is based on Japanese pop culture from the ’70s and ’80s, with the source of her inspiration stemming from fetish art, folk art, religious art, psychedelic art, pin-up art, advertising art, vintage toys, fashion, comic, food, nature, movies, TV shows, video games…almost everything that surrounds her. Currently residing in San Francisco, she’s constantly working on new comics, paintings, illustrations, and product designs ranging from toy figures to T-shirts. Her work has been featured in stores, museums, and fine art galleries around the world.