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- Object: Comic Books 17-S
One of a set of five manga works made of stoneware with overglaze enamels. Representing Shūkan shōnen janpu (Weekly Shōnen Jump) No.19, 1983, with the pages partly opened.
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Diameter: 16 centimetres (installation size)
Height: 21.50 centimetres (installation size)
Width: 12 centimetres (installation size)
- Curator's comments
- Mishima is mostly recognised for her ceramic sculptures onto which printed matters are transferred by silkscreen. She has been creating these works since about 1971. Now in her 80s, she still remains prolific. Earlier, during 50s and 60s, she displayed many ambitious paintings using a collage technique, which also drew much public attention at the time.
What has been the backbone of the artist's creative urge is ‘The fear and anxiety of being drowning in information’. Through her artwork, she has kept questioning the uncertainty of modern society in which more and more information is provided by printed matters, updated and rapidly outdated. This is happening so rapidly that we have no time to examine and enjoy the actual materials produced, such as manga magazines. What originally drew her to clay was the opportunity it afforded to move her practice into three-dimensional space that is also solid and yet breakable. She includes a sense of ironical humour in these works.
Although this set of five ceramic manga was made in 2017, she chose the weekly shōnen (teenage male) manga magazines published between 1983 and 1987 on her works that she read and enjoyed, for example, Shūkan shōnen janp (Weekly Shōnen Jump). The manga series within the magazine target young male readers and tend to consist of a large number of action scenes and a fair amount of comedy. The mid-1980s to the mid-1990s represents the era when the magazine's circulation was at its highest.
They are almost perfect renditions of the magazines, some open to certain pages and the advertising correctly colour coded on the back of the volumes.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2019 23 May-26 Aug, BM, G30, Manga
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