On Saturday, January 13, Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) will proudly premiere their fourth solo exhibition “Children on the Edge” (and largest to date) from Japanese-artist Hikari Shimoda.
“The show marks a continuation of my painting series of the same name. I wanted to depict ideas about the various boundaries or “edge” of life; life and death, the shoreline and the shore, the past and the future, and the chaos of such things. This series is also my attempt to create new expressions from my previous work, and even changing the way that I draw my subjects, such as using brighter colors and motif of death.”
Shimoda’s artwork paints a world where innocence and darkness coexist, and where fantasy meets reality. Her main source of artistic inspiration is inspired by anime and manga. Shimoda touches on our complex reality featuring children as her subjects to depict issues we are struggling with in today’s society. With each new piece, Shimoda advances her search for salvation and her deeper understanding of this chaotic world.
For her largest piece in the new exhibit, entitled “Neo-raigo-zu,” Shimoda uses the Buddhist Kannon as inspiration, replacing the religious savior with the artist’s own contemporary deities. In her version of the “raigou-zu,” a Buddha welcomes the spirits of the dead into a heaven, a magical girl takes the position of Buddha, and a rock band follows her. Shimoda re-imagines the protagonists of the Bible as well, with works like “Evolution of the Arbitrator” and “New Angel,” portraying a hybrid of her cute characters and winged cherubs.