Miu Shinoda

Miu Shinoda was born in 1988 in Shizuoka, Japan. After graduated from Aichi University of Education and obtained a Bachelor of Education, she has followed her destiny to be an artist.

 

Miu has participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Paris, New York, Tokyo, and other cities. Her artworks even got the attention of creative brands that invited her for collaborations.In addition, Miu organizes art classes for children and collaborates with other artists.

 

“I believe that joy and escape are two sides of the same coin. I am interested in exploring and expressing this emotion and awareness that humans experience.

 

People feel joy in various situations. Sometimes, when we face with unpleasant events, we attempt to mentally “escape” by searching for a strong sense of joy. I have been creating artworks for many years as a way of guiding myself through the wake of mental exhaustion. Painting not only helps me escape negative emotions in life, but also gives me a pleasure.

 

During our lifetime, we have invented many forms of entertainment to enrich our experiences. In recent years, with the development of the IT society and the spread of smartphones, entertainment has become more accessible. I feel that it is also abundant in my home country, Japan. There are karaoke, pachinko, manga, TV, games (TV and cards), origami, pet boom, and entertainment (sex industry).

 

The spirit of Buddhism, which has been believed in since ancient times in Japan, begins with the phrase “All is suffering. It is based on the premise that. Our world is full of things that do not go our way”. As a result, I believe that the excessive supply of entertainment was born and developed as a result of seeking escape from suffering.

 

When we look around the world, we notice inequalities and contradictions, and we feel guilty.

 

In moments of joy, we are escaping them. Escape to me is not a bad thing. Also, joy itself is not necessarily a good thing, as it can be valued in a negative or positive relationship with applicable morality. Through my work, I am confronting the common human emotion of joy and the behaviour of escape. I desire to share with audiences the moment to face our own lives and observe our society.”

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