Sexual love and the pain upon living, are repeated subjects in Matsushita’s works. Her painting harbors powerful energy, and she produces through an intimate relationship with the model and herself.
“RAW”, the exhibition title contains the ideas of her mind imagining the future and universe, as well as her soul seeking the primitive and mystic “life”.
In 2016, Matsushita won the grand prize for the 2nd CAFAA Award sponsored by the Contemporary Art Foundation, which gave her a three months’ residence program (Jul.-Sep.) at the Delfina Foundation in London.
While in residence, she researched and developed her expressive outputs besides the usual paintings, by introducing a new spectrum of media to her body of works.
This exhibition will show unreleased paintings from 2016 to the latest this year, together with achievements of her artistic practices in London, including video performance and photography created in collaboration with photographer Mikito Tateisi.
Her video performance, “Walking with Meat” (video + sound, 5min) is a metaphor of her life, walking though the streets of London holding a huge lump of flesh, and “Little Fox in London” (video + sound, 5 min) unfolds a childish-kitschy world through a playful search for foxes, in downtown London and her intimate bedroom. In addition, her nude self-portrait “RAW” shot in her room in London where she spent three month.