Ark Sakura, 2022
Oil on canvas
About the Artist
Mizuki Nishiyama (b.1998) is a London based, mixed-Japanese artist, creating raw, vivid and multifaceted paintings that explore the fragile human condition. As a mixed-Japanese artist, Nishiyama draws inspiration from the East and West. Bridging her Hong Kong, Japanese and Italian cultural heritages. Embracing deeply personal experiences to craft each artwork: the artist’s ongoing relationship with anxiety and trauma has greatly influenced her practice, and has fuelled her to confront vulnerability, fragility and the human condition. Painting is a chaotic yet meditative process for Nishiyama that allows her to make sense of the more tempestuous periods in life. Nishiyama holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Central Saint Martins, and a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Parsons School of Design. Her solo exhibitions include Shunga (2020) at Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong, An Exploration of Human Fragility: Love & Lust (2020) at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, and 脆い Moroi: An Exploration of Human Fragility (2019) at Greenpoint Gallery New York.
About the Artwork
Revisiting the traditional seated Japanese pose of “Seiza”, Nishiyama’s self-portrait emanates simultaneous chaos and serenity. Titled “Ark Sakura”, the work draws from literary influence, referring to Kobo Abe’s absurdist novel of the same name. Tapping into the author’s political satire, Nishiyama investigates constructions of reality. She dives into meditations on human nature, reflecting on gender and existence.