AM caught the opening featuring Hikari Shimoda when the Japanese artist exhibited at New York’s Foley Gallery. The show Me, as in the Beast Coat was a intriguing series or paintings that explored the complex themes of adolescence and how young adults strive to cope with the reality of growing into their situation. Using cute childhood imagery in uneasy and lonely landscapes, Shimoda conveys the warped attitudes towards the outer world with the hollowed eyes representing the yet to be developed insides that struggle to catch up with their established surroundings. Her very beautiful and thought out works drew us in from the moment we stepped in the gallery space.
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