Hikari Shimoda is a Japanese artist who attended the Kyoto Saga University of Art who received her Associates of Art degree. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon her work but I instantly fell in love with it. Her oil paintings remind me of Murakami (I just got his new book last night, so his work is so fresh in my mind), which isn’t a bad thing, but it’s an interesting comparison. Hikari’s work does focus a lot on vibrant colors, especially used in small details, though her subjects tend to focus more on children. I thought this statement from her blog was a great way of communicating what her paintings mean to her.
A catastrophic earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011. Not only did this earthquake kill many people, but it has also called attention to a nuclear power plant explosion without precedence. This horrible tragedy occurred as a result of this society’s reliance on nuclear energy. Responsibility for this has thus been transferred from the adults to their children. Those who are born into this world are instantaneously burdened by an atrocity of whole-world magnitude. They are also required to save it. We must now face a new reality in order to live in this world. Through images of children wearing such costumes as those of Superman or Sailor Moon, I am expressing indirectly problems that the world now faces.
I highly suggest you check out more of her work, you won’t be disappointed.