"Life is a masquerade."
In a fleeting glimmer of light, he puts on a mask, and when the bell rings to signal the end of his dream, he takes off the mask. And then he takes another mask in his hand as he walks through the world.
Joy, hope, sorrow, passion...The way they dance with illusions under their masks is an opera called "Life".
- Karen Shiozawa
Karen Shiozawa (b.1998) is an up-and-coming artist who has just completed her M.A. in Fine Arts at Tokyo Zokei University. Her childhood experience in the Netherlands is strongly reflected in her work, with a unique spatial perspective, and the contrast of light and dark. To depict a world that can be perceived other than visually, she has sought out representations using elements such as sound and light which appeal directly to the viewer's five senses. Windmills, classical arches, church steeples, and other European architectural elements are featured in her works. She adopts the technique of chiaroscuro, exaggerating the contrast of light and shadows, and in the meantime harmonizes all vivid colors. Shiozawa's work has a rigorous, detailed style - she flaps the paintbrush to apply beautiful hues and then outlines her imagination, and besides, she uses a needle to scratch the base color while painting. After all the delicate processes and the final use of the tapping technique to create a soft light effect, a verisimilar scene appeared in front of viewers.
This exhibition is the artist's wish that viewers will discover the "joy of imagination" through her works. She is offstage today, gazing at the beauty hidden in everyday life; the action metaphors the spotlight shines on the infinite stage of the world, capturing small but yet memorable moments. Each work of Shiozawa's creation has a sense of rhythm that resonates with the inner soul beneath the masks of each and every viewer.