Matsuyama Miyabi’s Gloomy Neo-Ukiyo-e Art Mingles Death and Fate

matuyama-miyabi-header“Matsuyama Miyabi,” a Chinese artist assuming a Japanese moniker, defines her artistic style as “Neo-Ukiyo-e.” Juxtaposing the feminine beauty of traditional Edo-era floating world imagery with themes of death and fate and a gorgeously gloomy atmosphere, she conjures shadowy, unsettling truths and reveals the darkness of unspeakable fears.

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“Matsuyama Miyabi,” a Chinese artist assuming a Japanese moniker, defines her artistic style as “Neo-Ukiyo-e.” Juxtaposing the feminine beauty of traditional Edo-era floating world imagery with themes of death and fate and a gorgeously gloomy atmosphere, she conjures shadowy, unsettling truths and reveals the darkness of unspeakable fears.

“WHAT GOOD IS THE WORLD IF THERE IS ONLY BRIGHTNESS AND HAPPINESS?” inquires the thoughtful artist.

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Picking up a small amount of internet fame for her Addams Family In Kimonos, (or perhaps she would have, if the internet wasn’t full of shameless turds who share and pin and reblog things without context or credit), Matsuyama Miyabi candidly shares that although she had fun with it as an interesting creative exercise, she doesn’t even like that particular piece very much!

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Matsuyama Miyabi’s obsessions and inspirations range from horror films and suspenseful thrillers to the grotesque manga art of Junji Ito, and she acknowledges a fondness for the twisted postures encouraged in fashion photography (it reminds her of the dancing figures in the Noh Plays of Japan), and the unique charm of weirdly attractive haute couture fashion models.

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“All kinds of beauty are connected,” she adds with finality.

Find more of Matsuyama Miyabi’s work on her tumblr and her Instagram.

(This article was originally posted at Dirge; the site is no longer active.)

1 Comment on Matsuyama Miyabi’s Gloomy Neo-Ukiyo-e Art Mingles Death and Fate

  1. Nuri
    September 15, 2017 at 12:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m obsessed with her. I want her to design a sleeve for me. Really the first time I looked at an artist work and thought, “I want this all over my body!”

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