Diversity for Peace!
Venue: The Procuratie Vecchie 139-153,
San Marco Square: ground floor and first floor
Period: May 8 – Nov. 24, 2019
Opening reception: from 1pm, May 7, 2019
Exhibition hosted by Karuizawa New Art Museum, Venice Branch
Miwa Komatsu (Japan)
Born in Nagano in 1984. In her childhood, Komatsu had close contact with many living natures thanks to the rich natural environment: the experience of being present at their final moment led the artist to form her unique view of life and death, which linked to the peculiar style toward the beauty of death. Komatsu began copperplate engraving after entering Joshibi College of Art and Design. At the age of 20, her work “49 Days” was appraised with its originality and it opened Komatsu’s way to be a professional. Starting from copperplate engraving, Komatsu has enlarged her ways of expression to acrylic paintings and even to Arita porcelain in recent years. She has presented various works adopted themes such as death and the Gods who preside over it, divine SPIRIT with strong embodiment of her performance. Komatsu realized consecutive solo shows at the museums including those of in Nagano, her home town. In 2014, the artist dedicated her work to Izumo Taisha Shrine (the oldest shrine in Japan, considered as where the deity strongly dwells), which elevated her creation power to a greater extent. In 2015, her porcelain guardian dogs collaborated with a land scape artist, Kazuyuki Ishihara, was exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show in London; the work won the Gold Prize, entered the permanent collection of the British Museum. The reputation of Komatsu knows no boundaries; her work is collected by prominent institution like World Trade Center (New York). The artist gains “Young Artist of the Year” (2017), becomes the Official Ambassador for Maison Christian Dior, and appears frequently in the medias.