"The title of this series directly references shunga, a traditional Japanese form of erotic art on ink paintings or woodblock prints produced mainly in the Edo period (1600- 1868). Literally meaning “spring pictures”, shunga destigmatized sex and celebrated intimacy as beautiful and natural. Alluding to concepts in Edward W. Said’s 1978 post- structuralist novel “Orientalism”, Nishiyama delves deeper in her works to explore the patronization of eastern culture that has evolved into “orientalism”. As an artist of mixed Japanese descent, the artist bridges her Japanese heritage with nuanced concepts such as modern orientalism to desexualize lust. 

 

Despite being in the 21st century, Nishiyama still inevitably experiences cultural adhesion. Shunga transcends traditional Japanese aesthetics and Western stereotypes. In continuation with concepts regarding human fragility, as well as the artist’s cultural identity, Shunga liberates and brings light to the vulnerable aspects of our beings. Both as an Asian Artist and Asian woman, the artist hopes to elevate her sense of identity and humanity through these works."


 

-Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong, 2020

In support of Operation Smile

Whitestone

FUN HOUSE

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

TUMBLE

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Chissoku by Mizuki Nishiyama

窒息 CHISSOKU

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Hibiki by Mizuki Nishiyama

HIBIKI

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Japanese Bodies by Mizuki Nishiyama

JAPANESE BODIES

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Dakko by Mizuki Nishiyama

抱っこ DAKKO

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Protectors by Mizuki Nishiyama

PROTECTORS

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Shujin by Mizuki Nishiyama

主人 SHUJIN

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Tsumaranai by Mizuki Nishiyama

つまらない TSUMARANAI

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Japanese Rose by Mizuki Nishiyama

バラ JAPANESE ROSE

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Three Little Spoons by Mizuki Nishiyama

THREE LITTLE SPOONS

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

37 x 41 cm

2020

Man In Nature by Mizuki Nishiyama

MAN IN NATURE

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Muromachi by Mizuki Nishiyama

MUROMACHI

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Guardian Angels by Mizuki Nishiyama

GUARDIAN ANGELS

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Daijyobu by Mizuki Nishiyama

大丈夫 DAIJYOBU

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Yoshiwara by Mizuki Nishiyama

YOSHIWARA

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Issho

ISSHO

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Atsukan

ATSUKAN

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Dedicated

DEDICATED

Charcoal, Acrylic, Oil on canvas

71 x 78 cm

2020

Rite of Spring

RITE OF SPRING

Oil on Canvas

66 x 86 cm

2020