Hybrid Shunga

An obsession with ‘shunga’, which is Japanese for erotic art and this genre originated from ancient Chinese medical illustrations. The main medium for shunga was through wood block prints, called ‘ukioy-e’ which also means ‘floating world’, referring to an evanescent world, fleeting beauty divorced from responsibilities of the everyday.

Revisiting my love of drawing, erotic images and combining it with jewellery, I explore a previous interest with a new perspective. My goal is to create contemporary hybrid shunga, between East/West, past/present and public/private. It is mildly censored, exudes some innocence and because of the subject matter, has the capacity to make viewers feel uncomfortable.  My intent with this work is to create a delightful discovery and inspire curiosity.