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.