KAGAMI is more than a collection of paintings. Each work is accompanied by a full page describing the artist’s idea and a suggestion of interpretation. Some times the words tell an erotic short story and at other times they may provide the reader with new and surprising interpretations.
This Senju Shunga book is a lavishly illustrated collection of the erotic art created by Swedish artist Matti Senju Sandberg
144 pages, 21 x 29,7 cm, high quality soft cover and featuring more than 50 paintings spanning Senju’s work between 2013-2017.
Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies.
Designed by the artist and OKAASAN BOOKS
Printed by Göteborgstryckeriet, Sweden.
Release date: Febraury 2018.
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Matti Senju Sandberg spent 28 years tattooing before finally trading needle and skin for brush and paper on a full time basis. His background as a traditional Japanese tattoo artist, combined with decades of hard studies related to everything Japanese, has shaped him as an artist. During his many journeys to Japan his understanding of its history and culture has matured and deepened. Late 2012 he decided to explore the genre of “shunga” (jap. Spring Pictures) and found in this traditional erotic or pornographic form of Japanese art a voice with which he could finally speak his mind.
As a contemporary shunga artist he widens and deepens the idea of erotica by including ideas of gender equality, gender roles and the workings of the human heart. He promotes the idea of true intimacy as a foundation for experiencing pleasure both physically and spiritually and examines social and psychological myths we have come to regard as reality.
In seeking the full attention and presence of the viewer Senju’s works of art, ranging from the romantic and melancholic to the explicitly pornographic, refuses to be contained or dictated by social, historic or cultural prejudices such as misogyny, sexism, homophobia, rape culture or toxic masculinity.
His belief that the world around us can be changed and endlessly improved by the beauty of art, in its myriad of forms, forms a strong foundation from which he can continue to explore the human heart.
Reviews and further reading.
The Shunga Gallery wrote a wonderful review of KAGAMI. Explore the thoughts and reflections of a true expert on the art of Shunga prints and paintings.
Marijn Kruijff of the Shunga Gallery talks to Senju about his art and the thoughts, emotions and mechanisms at work when he creates his contemporary Shunga.
In part two of the interview for the Shunga Gallery, Senju talks about ghosts and the ups and downs of changing his career from tattooing to painting.