Hikari Shimoda

Hikari Shimoda is a Japanese artist who attended the Kyoto Saga University of Art where she received her Associates of Art degree. Hikari’s work focuses on vibrant colors, especially used in small details, while her subjects tend to focus almost purely on children.

The story behind her paintings is the following:

“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.”

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