Solo Exhibitions – Junko Mizuno’s ‘Flora Delirium’ & Mizna Wada’s ‘ Yummy Haunts’

Gallery Nucleus once again welcomes Junko Mizuno and Mizna Wadas return to our gallery with two individual solo exhibitions: Junko Mizuno with ‘Flora Delirium’ & ‘Yummy Haunts’ by Mizna Wada…

Junko Mizuno is revered for her Gothic kawaii or kawaii noir style, a combination of all that is humorous and tragic. Juxtaposing childlike cuteness and horror, her demented nymphets are bold, colorful, erotic, morbid, yet at the same time comical. Mizunos work is versatile and has been featured in comics, prints, clothing, stationary, and as toys. An accomplished graphic novelist, Mizuno has published numerous novels including Cinderalla, Hansel & Gretel, Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu, Princess Mermaid, and Pure Trance. Her artwork has exhibited at galleries in New York, Seattle, Toronto, Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Barcelona, Berlin, and Rome.

In this most recent body of work, Mizuno explores and plays with organic and decorative elements. Unleashing her nymphet terrors free to run amuck amongst blooming flora in a lush, exploding botanical oasis.

Mizna Wada is a illustrator and designer whose wide-eyed, cute yet creepy lolitas are inspired by the horror comics she read while growing up in Tokyo. Wada’s girls possess a childlike innocence with a hint of mischief that frequently lend themselves to macabre predicaments. Her works represent a variety of mediums including Gocco prints, paper-cut, acrylic, and vinyl toys. Oftentimes, Wada brings her characters to life in the form of darling hand-made plush dolls. Fashioned head to toe, the beautifully adorned, one-of-a-kind and expertly crafted creations are nothing short of charming and an absolute delight.

Inspired by the ‘Hansel & Gretel’ fairytale, Wada has created a series of paintings and dolls for ‘Yummy Haunts’ that are a delicious combination of sinfully sweet with a terrifying twist.

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